There’s something beautiful about a community coming together to support one another and make a lasting impact on the lives of others. It’s especially true when they can have fun doing so! Ironstone Vineyard has made such efforts for over two decades through the annual Ironstone Vineyard Concours d’Elegance. What better way to get to know the area and the people who live here than by attending this exciting event during your stay at Dunbar House Inn?

What is Concours d’Elegance?

Concours d’Elegance is an antique and classic car show that takes place annually at Ironstone Vineyards. 300+ antique and classic cars participate during the show, as well as vintage trailers, antique trucks and motorcycles, housecars, race cars, and wooden boats.

But it’s not limited to those automobiles alone, young people from local 4-H and FFA groups also display projects throughout the site to observe and support. There’s also a petting corral with farm animals to entertain your young ones!

This exciting two-day event begins Friday, September 23 with Cars & Stars. It’s a wine tasting, dinner, and auction all in one. Then Saturday, September 24, the day ends with an awards ceremony. Winners will drive their vehicles onto the stage to receive their trophies.

Red interior photo of the steering wheel in a classic carHistory of the Ironstone Concours

In 1990 during the construction of the Ironstone Amphitheater within Ironstone Vineyards, the owners of the establishment, John and Gail Kautz, attended the famous Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. The couple left with a burst of inspiration and motivation. They paused their construction project and redesigned the stage of the amphitheater to be able to hold the weight of those heavy classic automobiles.

Just three years later in 1993, they held their very first Ironstone Concours d’Elegance. Now, nearly two decades later, they’ve continued this annual tradition of hosting the Concours every September on the last Saturday.

The mission of the Ironstone Concours Foundation is that by displaying these historic vehicles they’ll help attendees truly appreciate technology, innovation, design, and culture. Also, they want to support the future of agriculture in California through the involvement and sponsorship of the region’s youth.

How to Extend Your Weekend

Are you looking to extend your trip beyond the Concours d’Elegance? Look no further! Dunbar House Inn would be happy to accommodate you and your family during your trip. We’re only a 4-minute drive from Ironstone Vineyard and right in the heart of beautifully renowned Murphys. We’re in a prime location amongst all the best places to visit! The area is surrounded by championship golf courses, breathtaking caves and caverns to explore, museums and art galleries, antique shops, hiking, zip-lining, boating, and of course relaxing right here at our cozy Inn. And if you’re wanting to venture further, we’re conveniently located right in between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

You’ll feel the buzz of the town surrounding the Ironstone Vineyard Concours d’Elegance. Plus feel at home coming together with the community to support a notable cause and make unforgettable memories. And nothing says “coming home” like coming back to Dunbar House Inn for a relaxing evening to decompress and soak in every moment of the day. Book now!


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