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Founded in 2003, (originally as Mariposa Wine Company) Cru Wine Company is a portfolio of handcrafted artisan style wines that embrace the incredible diversity of California's premium viticultural areas. The Cru, Carmichael and Yosemite View brands each feature only the varietals that thrive in their respective regions; each label with its own unique character and focus.

Owner Richard Spencer has had a keen interest in fine wines for many years, a pastime cultivated with long-time family friend and partner Michael Conway. For these two entrepreneurs, the dream of owning a winery is now a welcome reality.

At a glance…

20146 Rd 21
Madera CA
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11:00 - 4:30
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Central Valley
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15000 Cases
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Currently Tasting*

2010Pinot NoirMonteryVinyard Montage
2010ChardonnayArroyo Seco
2012Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)Arroyo SecoMariposa
2010BlendPaso RoblesViceroy' GSM Blend - Mariposa
Currently Tasting
Vintages that show either a "0000" or a blank are non vintage specific, meaning they contain grapes from various years.

Currently Selling*

2010Pinot NoirMonteryVinyard Montage$25.00
2010Pinot NoirSanta Maria Valley$35.00
2010ChardonnayArroyo Seco$30.00
2010Pinot NoirSanta Lucia Highlands$32.00
2008SyrahSierra FoothillsYosemite View$14.00
2010TempranilloPaso RoblesMariposa$23.00
2012AlbarinoEdna ValleyMariposa$23.00
2011ChardonnayArroyo SecoUNOAKED$23.00
2009SangioveseChalk HillMariposa$35.00
2012Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio)Arroyo SecoMariposa$18.00
2011Pinot NoirCaliforniaRose of Pinot- Mariposa$18.00
2010BlendPaso RoblesViceroy' GSM Blend - Mariposa$23.00
2011Cabernet SauvignonPaso RoblesMariposa$23.00
2009Cabernet SauvignonNapa ValleyMariposa$50.00
2009Petite VerdotNapa ValleyMariposa$50.00
2009MerlotNapa ValleyMariposa$40.00
2011ChardonnayMontereyVinyard Montage$25.00
2010ChardonnaySanta Lucia Highlands$30.00
2010ChardonnaySierra Madre Vineyard$30.00

Recent Awards

Recent Awards
Silver2013Los Angeles International Wine and Spirit CompetitionMariposa Sangiovese2009
Silver2013Los Angeles International Wine and Spirit CompetitionMariposa Petite Verdot2009
Gold2013Los Angeles International Wine and Spirit CompetitionCru SLH Pinot Noir 2010
Silver/Bronze2013SF Chronicle Wine Competition/Orange County Fair CRU Santa Maria Pinot Noir2010
Silver2013San Diego Int. Wine competition and Riverside Int. Wine CompCRU Vineyard Montage Pinot Noir2010
Silver2013Orange County Fair and Sand Diego International Wine CompetitionMariposa Tempranillo2010
Silver2013Orange County Fair and Sand Diego International Wine CompetitionMariposa Tempranillo2010
Gold2013Riverside International Wine CompetitionMariposa Tempranillo2010
Silver2013Orange County Fair /SF International Wine CompetitionCRU Arroyo Seco Chardonnay2011
Gold2013Los Angeles International Wine and Spirit CompetitionCRU Arroyo Seco Chardonnay2011
Gold2013San Diego International Wine Competition CRU Santa Lucia Highlands Chardo2011
Gold2013SF Chronicle Wine Competition CRU Vineyard Montage Chardonnay2011
Silver2013CA State Fair and SF International Wine CompetitionMariposa Cabernet Savignon 2011
Gold2013Orange County Fair/Los Angeles Int Wine & Spirit Competition Mariposa Albarino2012
Gold/Bronze2013Riverside International /SF International Wine CompetitionMariposa Albarino2012
Double Gold/Gold2013CA State Fair/Los Angeles International Wine CompetitionMariposa Pinot Grigio2012
Best of Class2013Los Angeles International Wine & Spirit CompetitionMariposa Pinot Grigio2012

Other Views

Winemaker, Ken Post "at work"

Scenes from the October Grape Stomp

Scenes from the October Grape Stomp, thankfully our wine doesn't taste like feet!


With a passion for wine and love of farming, winemaker Ken Post enrolled in Fresno State's Enology Viticulture program. After graduating from the Enology program Ken started his new ambition of wine production at Prospero Oak Hollow Wineries in Madera, California. Three years later Ken's other passion of off road motorcycle riding forced another retirement for 10 months while he learned how to walk again after severely breaking a leg. Once healed it was time to once again pursue the passion of winemaking.

Did you know?

Ken Post, a native Californian, began his career on the family ranch in Paso Robles. The Post family farmed 1800 acres of alfalfa and various grains until the ranch was sold in the late 70's.  At that time, Ken pursued a second career in highway construction. His firm contracted with the State of California and private organizations in providing highway paving, resurfacing, and oiling services. While this was a very lucrative business, it allowed very little time for the most important thing of all, his family. Thus in 1997 Ken was presented an offer he could not refuse, selling the company.

The Barrel Room**

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All prices are per 750ml bottle. or its partner wineries do not guarantee the pricing on this page. Check with each winery for the actual pricing on any listed item.

** Barrel Room Specials are strictly limited to quantity on hand of the listed product(s). No rain checks or substitutions are given once the available quantity for the special has been sold.

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