Sierra Foothills Wine Tourism

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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. 

Ironstone Vineyards

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.


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. 

Renwood Winery

Surrounded by rolling hills in the heart of Amador County, Renwood Winery has long enjoyed an enviable reputation for crafting excellent wines.

Skinner Vineyards

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.

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Along with picks and shovels, people brought grapevines to the Sierra Foothills in the mid-1800s. And it’s good thing they did! Once planted, many of the vineyards in this region operated non-stop, even during the Prohibition years. In fact, Amador County is reported to be the only county in the United States to expand vineyard acreage during Prohibition, with the grapes sold to home winemakers. Today, this region is blessed with small, distinctive vineyards and wineries, beautiful scenery, quiet gold rush towns, and fresh mountain air.

The vineyards, located between 1,500 and 3,000 feet, are planted in well-drained, rich soils. Warm, sun-drenched days followed by cool, crisp nights yield grapes of remarkable intensity. And intense grapes produce wines with magnificent flavor profiles: pure gold.