Muir Hanna Tasting Room Grand Opening in Sonora

Muir's Legacy Tasting Room

260 Jones Street
Murphys, CA 95247
(209) 728-0500 • Tasting Room

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Photos from the Grand Opening of the Tasting Room • The Tuolomne Connection
Grand opening in Sonora
Open for business
Bill Hanna
Bill Hanna
Claudia Hanna with her new grandson.
Claudia Hanna with grandson
Leonora unpacking boxes
Leonora Hanna unpacks
Friends celebrating the new store
Joining in the celebration
Wine tasting
Wine tasters
Other friends joining the celebration
Friends stop by
Bill opening a bottle of wine
Bill Hanna sets up dispensers
Table of appetizers
Something yummy
Michael Hanna greeting a customer
Michael Hanna behind counter
Nicole, store manager, and Michael
Nicole & Michael are all smiles
Photos of John Muir and Yosemite
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The Tuolumne Connection...we're glad to be back!

Our family’s California saga begins November 27, 1849, when Dr. John Strentzel, his wife and two children, arrived in San Diego by wagon train from Texas. They bought merchandise, wagons, and teams and began a slow journey north on January 7, 1850. The following are excerpts from an autobiography dictated by Dr. Strentzel late in his life.

“We arrived on the Tuolumne River April the 14th [1850]; were very much pleased and concluded to settle down…. I selected a beautiful location about 2 miles below Lagrange, the nearest mining camp, established a ferry, hotel and store of general merchandise for trade with the miners, put up large tents on[or] canvas houses for all needs, as boards or plank were not to be had. Paid all hired help 125 dollars per month. Flour $30 per sack of 50 pounds. Milk $1 per quart, fresh butter $3 per pound, and provisions of all kinds proportionately high.

"Our experience at this place was varied and exciting. There was a great deal of travel at that time from Stockton and other points to the Maryposa and Burn’s mines, and one day we would entertain Col. Fremont, Lieut. Beal, Gen. Miller and other noted persons, and probably the next a lot of desperados, passing through the country for the purpose of murder and robbery…. "We remained at this place less than 2 years, carried on a very flourishing business all the while, and if the mines had held out, could in a few years have made a great amount of money….I in partnership with my brother, purchased 600 acres of choice land on the Merced River about six miles below Snelling….. Everything grew and flourished most luxuriantly, giving promise of an abundant harvest, but the floods came and all was lost…

"I then concluded to go to Benicia…On arriving there I met an old neighbor from home, at that time residing in the town of Martinez just across the Straights…I immediately went over with him ‘to view out the land’, and was so charmed with the location, that I at once resolved to make this my resting place.”

Dr. Strentzel and his family settled in Martinez in April 1853 and began planting all manner of fruit trees and other plants. An enthusiastic amateur winemaker, Dr. Strentzel submitted wines from his crop to compete at the California Exposition - now the California State Fair.

When John Muir married Louie Strentzel in 1880, they were given a portion of the ranch as a wedding present. Muir eventually took over operation of the entire ranch, later turning it over to other family members to manage.
After Muir’s death, his daughter Wanda and her husband, Tom Hanna, and their children operated a portion of the ranch. Tom and Wanda’s second son, John Muir Hanna, moved to Napa with his family in 1950.

Today, John’s son Bill and his wife Claudia, with their children Michael and Kristin and their families carry on the tradition of farming - and winemaking! - in California.


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