There’s a little gem of a wine country just about halfway between Sacramento, California and Reno, Nevada that’s too easy to find to call hidden.
Founded in 2009 by Andy Friedlander and Janis Akuna, Andis Wines is already a favorite among wine critics.
Dedicated to creating classic Rhône-style wines that capture the true character of El Dorado County, David Girard Vineyards was founded by David Girard, who believed in the great potential of El Dorado County for growing winegrapes.
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 is perched on a steep sloping mountain at an altitude of 2,615 feet. Here, the air is clear and tasting room guests can see all of El Dorado County and beyond.
Founded in 2007 by Nello Olivo, a second-generation Italian-American with a passion for excellent wine, the reputation of Nello Olivo Wines grows each year as a producer of superior Italian varietals.
Established 36 years ago in the heart of the Sierra Foothills’ Fair Play appellation, Perry Creek Winery has earned an excellent reputation as a leading producer of wines crafted from high altitude fruit.
Vino Noceto is a renowned Sangiovese specialist, producing eight different premium Sangiovese wines as well as an array of Italian and foothill varietals, including Pinot Grigio, Barbera, Zinfandel, and Moscato.
When Jim and Alanna Taff became the owners of Windwalker Vineyard and Winery in 2007, it was the culmination of a longtime love affair.
Other inns and hotels we recommend visiting in the region.
Perfectly positioned in Jackson, with easy proximity to the wineries and attractions of Amador and Calaveras Counties, the National Hotel provides splendid accommodations for wine tourists as they discover all the fun Gold Country has to offer.
Opened in 1857, such legendary guests as Mark Twain, Buffalo Bill, and Elvis Presley have stayed in this charming hotel in the heart of downtown Placerville.
The Victoria Inn is an intimate, 19-room luxury bed and breakfast in the heart of California’s gold country.
Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.
FAMILY-FREINDLY TASTING ROOMS
David Girard Winery
Mount Aukum Winery
Perry Creek Winery
Moaning Cavern Adventure Park
PLACES TO STAY
Casa Bella Verde
Eden Vale Inn
The Historic Cary House
TASTING ROOMS OF NOTE
Crystal Basin Cellars
Gwinllan Esate Vineyard & Winery
Nello Olivo Wines
Skinner Vineayrds & Winery
Smith Flat House
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.
Located just 40 miles east of Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills, commonly known as California Gold Country.
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Just 45 miles east of Sacramento, Amador County beckons with beautiful rustic vistas, historic downtowns, and rolling scenic vineyards.
Until recently, the only thing I knew about Calaveras County was there’s a short story written by Mark Twain with frogs and Calaveras in the title. I had no idea how beautiful and rustic it is.
Located about 45 miles southeast of Sacramento, this scenic county at the heart of Gold Country offers great wines, fabulous food, charming small towns, and a warm, welcoming attitude.
Tucked away in the folded foothills of the Sierra Nevada, California’s Gold Country is an unforgettable destination where the state’s past, present, and future come together.
Just 40 miles east of Sacramento, El Dorado County is located in the breathtaking Sierra Foothills in the heart of California’s Gold Country.
One of the many pleasures of wine touring in the Sierra Foothills is the relaxed, convival attitude we find in its tasting rooms.
In the heart of the Sierra Foothills wine region, between Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County’s history in wine dates back to 1848, when gold was first discovered at Sutter’s Mill.
Today, while Zins remain impressive, Rhône and Italian varieties have found a happy home in the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country’s diverse terrain.
There's nothing like spending a few days in wine country to spark or rekindle romance. Here are four regions we love, offer- ing exceptional wine, great food, and beautiful scenery—everything you need to get your heart thumping on your next escapade.
Join Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Van Diver on her editor's tour of the Sierra Foothills.
Here we ask some of the Sierra Foothills’ inspired winemakers what they enjoy most about winemaking and the Sierra Foothills.
When we’re talking about the sierra foothills, the first word that comes to the visitor’s mind is “breathtaking.” Pick a trail and drive through hills, valleys, old mining towns, and untouched fields.
Nearly everywhere we turn we find another great area to tour, taste, and stay! Here are our seven top regions to watch—and visit—in the summer and fall of 2011.
Here are our seven top wine regions to watch for Spring 2011. They’re located in all parts of the United States—in the valleys of Columbia, Temecula, and Livermore, and in the counties of Fresno, Fauquier, Scotland, and Ventura—but they all have one thing in common: they’re interesting places to visit with great wines.
The foothill range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains was dubbed “Gold Country” during the great California Gold Rush more than 150 years ago. The region is still referred to that way—and maybe for good reason. Here, 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.
Although the California Gold Rush of 1849 is long past, the quaint towns and fertile land of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains still whisper "gold".
Delicious fall recipes that go great with wines from Sierra Foothills wine country.
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