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Le Mulet Rouge is a tiny boutique producer that is based in Fiddletown. Jack and Sheila Feichtner eventually plan to build a winery and plant vines. But right now, they source excellent fruit from other vineyards. The winery’s name means “the red mule” in French.

They named their vineyard after a nearby piece of land that was once owned by Ron and Marie Scofield. The Scofields had a number of red mules on their property.

For the 1976 wagon train reenactment, Ron trained tow of his mules to pull a wagon across the United States. The two mules that went on this long journey were named Jim and John. They grace the label of Le Mulet Rouge wine to this day.

Although plans for vineyards and a winery are in the works, the Feichtners currently purchase fruit from nearby growers to make their wines. Varietals include Chardonnay, Muscat, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Le Mulet Rouge also makes an excellent Port using Souzao, Tinta Cao, Alvarelhao, and Touriga. Each of these grapes is originally from the Douro Valley of Portugal.

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