David Girard Vineyards
Today, David Girard vineyards has just under 36 vineyard acres of mostly Rhône varieties, perfectly suited to the estate's soil and climate.
For more than 30 years, Chuck Hovey has consistently crafted exceptional award-winning Sierra Foothills wines worthy of international recognition.
When John and Gail Kautz founded Ironstone Vineyards, they wanted to create a magnificent winery that would serve as a legacy for their children’s children.
Lava Cap Winery
At the end of a tree-lined road in Placerville, California, Lava Cap Winery greets guests with a simple charm all its own.
Paul and his wife Maggie of Madro�a Vineyards continue the Old World winemaking practices Paul’s father began.
In the heart of the Sierra Foothills, acclaimed for interesting and historical places to visit, Miraflores is dedicated to helping write a new chapter in its history as a world-renowned viticulture area.
Mount Aukum Winery
Cool climate winemaking may be in the blood of Mount Aukum Winery's new owner, Winemaker Michel Prod'hon. He was born in the village of Chaumont in the champagne region of France, and felt naturally drawn to Mount Aukum in the higher and cooler growing elevations of el Dorado county.
Although wine wasn't Michel's first profession (he worked in a furniture warehouse for more than 20 years), he picked winegrapes as a child and crushed fruit at harvest. Many decades later, Michel and his wife Terrie planted a twelve-acre vineyard on Mount Aukum, and became acquainted with their neighbors who founded Mount Aukum Winery in 2001. Michel quickly became their assistant winemaker, and in 2007, when their neighbors decided to sell their share of the winery, the Prod'hons assumed full ownership.
Mount Aukum Winery is perched on a steep sloping mountain at an altitude of 2,615 feet. Here, the air is clear and tasting room guests C can see all of el Dorado county and beyond. the vineyard soil is primarily granite with a little red dirt. in some places, granite interrupts a vineyard row. Warm, sun-kissed days follow cold nights, yielding full-flavored grapes and wines with depth and character.
"Elevation matters,î is a mantra for Michel and Terrie. they say the terroir is responsible for their magnificent jammy Zinfandels and inspired RhÙne varietals. But it takes a gifted winemaker to craft a creative blend, like Mount Aukum's en Fuego, a stunning blend of Syrah, Grenache, and MourvËdre.
The narrow, winding drive leads tasting room visitors up Mount Aukum's sloping hillside to the winery with floor-to-ceiling windows offering nothing but view. it's no surprise that intimate weddings, meetings, and special events are often held here. even on an average day, it's an ideal spot to picnic and practice one's French between sips of Mount Aukum's magnificent cool climate wines.
Surrounded by rolling hills in the heart of Amador County, Renwood Winery has long enjoyed an enviable reputation for crafting excellent wines.
Skinner Vineyards & Winery’s stunning new tasting room is perched atop a ridge at 2,700 feet. It offers panoramic views and ample patio space for guests to enjoy a picnic.
Terra d’Oro, Italian for land of gold, is credited with planting a different kind of treasure: the region’s first Zinfandel and Italian grape varieties.