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Top Quality Winegrapes
for Home Winemakers and B
outique Wineries 
 Located in Brentwood and Oakley, CA 94513
(Close in to the San Francisco bay area) 

Why drive all day to get top quality winegrapes,
when they are available in Eastern Contra Costa County
in Oakley, Brentwood, and Knightsen. 


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updates and harvest dates on Brentwood area winegrapes.

me and the grapes 
See what I got while you was passed out asleep!
Get outta bed and get to a "pick"!

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How To Buy Grapes Through This Website

Thanks for taking a look at my website, the home of excellent winegrapes.

I'm getting a lot of new people this year that have never purchased grapes from me through this website.  So, here's how it works.

I represent about 20 vineyards.  When grapes are ripe and ready to pick I send out an email identifing the grapes that are ready to pick including the price per pound, or price per ton.

Some of my clients are small wineries who buy grapes by the ton.

Most of my clients are home wine makers who want a few hundred pounds of grapes.

When I send out an email referencing "Small Wineries" and "tons of grapes" that email is NOT for home winemakeres.  It is for Small Wineries who want tons of grapes.

When I announce a "pick" for home winemakers, that is for you folks that want to buy grapes by the pound, and want to pick them yourself.

I only sell grapes in the east bay, eastern Contra Costa County.  Not in Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, Lodi or other grape growing reagans.

I tell you the "pick" date, time and place to meet.  You show up for the "pick" (on time at the correct date and place) and I take you to the grapes.

We will meet in one of two places.  Either in Oakley or Brentwood.
See the "Directions" page for detailed info on these meeting places.

You pick the grapes you want, pay (in cash) for the grapes and go make your wine. ("You Pick" means you pick the grapes off the vine. The grapes are not harvested for you.)

A crusher/destemmer will be available for your use for a small fee.


I do not allow folks to show up at vineyards and pick grapes unattended.  I am responsible to the vineyard owner for the folks I bring to pick grapes.

Please be on time.  You ARE NOT welcome to show up late at the vineyard just because you know where we will be picking that day. 

As many as 50 or more people may show up for the same pick. So, please, be on time and be prepared.

See the "More Info" page for more information about how to pick and purchase small amounts of winegrapes ("small amounts" means under a ton).

Attention White Wine grape buyers.  If you set it up in advance with me, I will make sure that both my crusher/destemmer and bladder press are available for your use (for a small fee) when you pick white wine grapes at a "pick" in 2017. 

Spidel Bladder Press

Speidel Bladder Press 

Grapes Available Week-days By Appointment

If you want 500 lbs or more of at least one varietal and make a firm
appointment with me, you can pick during the week!

Be sure and let me know if you need the crusher/destemmer.

Just send me an email and tell me what you want and how much and what date and I'll set it up.

I'll get back to you with a price per pound, time and location.

So, if it's more convenient for you to pick during the week, let me know and I will accomidate you as I can at the time.


New For 2017 
I have a second vehicle for 2017.  In past years I have only used my Silver Pontiac Vibe.  This year, 2017, I also have a White Ford Econoline Van.  I may show up for the "pick" driving either vehicle.
Silver Pontiac Vibe
Silver Pontiac Vibe and Gentleman Jake
White Ford Econoline Van
White Ford Econoline Van and Gentleman Jake
Jake Loves His Daddy
Jake Loves His Daddy


Get ready for the 2018 season

We had a great time in 2011 and got some GREAT GRAPES! Now we do know if the great Oakley Old Vine grapes will be available in 2012 and the news is not good for home winemakers.

Due to the economy many wineries have been cutting back on their production the last couple years and reducing inventory.  They can only do that so long and stay in business.

In (2012) they were contracting for grapes, which means fewer vineyards available for home winemakers and small production wineries.

Prices are up, availability (for us) is down.  That's good for the farmers, not so good for us.  

Exactly how much access we will have to the "Old Vine" grapes (and all grapes, for that matter in 2012) will only be known when harvest starts, but it will be a lot more limited than in the past two years.

Year 2013  Much the same as 2012.  Little availability for the home wine maker and higher prices.

For Year 2014 it looks a lot better for winegrape availability for home wine makers and small wineries.  We look to have grapes available from Oakley, Brentwood, Knightsen and from Martinez.

Year 2015 was good for winegrape access.

Year 2016 was a great year for winegrape access.

Year 2017 was an excellent year for winegrapes. 

Watch your email and this website for details as the harvest for 2018 approaches.

What winegrapes are available? What verital, quantity and price per pound of winegrapes will be available?  See the "Winegrape Availability" page and watch for email updates.

FYI:  Many of the winegrapes from Oakley and Brentwood are purchased by wineries from Napa, Sonoma and SLO to produce world class boutique wines.


Harvest (2018) will be here before you know it. This site is where you stay on top of what's available. I represent about 20 vineyards that grow a number of different varietals of winegrapes.

We represent several "old vine" vineyards that were planted before the year 1900. These are some of the best grapes in California, which make them the best grapes in the USA.

These grapes are, for the most part, "you-pick" grapes. No machine harvesting (the bad with the good). You will be taken directly to the vineyard and you pick just the grapes you want.

No minimum amount of grapes.  No pre-commitment to purchase.  See the grapes you want on the vine before you buy.

Unlike "single source" vineyards where your only choice is their grapes, you will have several vineyards to choose from for each varietal.

Starting in 2017 we had available limited amounts of "picked" grapes (previously harvested grapes) for sale.  Also, we had a small amount of prefessionally sourced "must" for sale by the gallon.

Should "picked grapes" and/or "must" become available in 2018, you will be notified via our email list which you can sign up for at the top of this page.  

If you didn't get in on the harvest in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 you missed out Big Time! So have your wine making friends sign up and watch for eblast's from me for the 2018 winegrape season.

Thanks to all of you that came out and picked grapes in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 2015, 2016 and 2017.  And, we'll do it again in 2018!

If you were on my email list last year and get an email from me, no need to sign up again.

If you are new to this website and want great grapes for your home made wine (or small winery) sign up for my emails and watch for grape varietal availability, pick dates, prices.

You got questions, send me an email at

Michael and the boys

Gentleman Jake & the Bandit, and me.

CalWineBroker Bio

Local Brentwood wineries buy these grapes for their production.


"I've used these grapes for years to make excellent
award winning wines."

"Cab Sav made with Brentwood grapes got
double gold best of State at CA State Fair"

"Viognier from Brentwood got double gold
best of State at CA State Fair"

I'll see you at harvest time!!!

Cal Wine Broker
Chief Wineo

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