Sierra Foothills Wine Tourism

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Andis Wines

Founded in 2009 by Andy Friedlander and Janis Akuna, Andis Wines is already a favorite among wine critics.

Boeger Winery

Greg Boeger, grandson of early Napa Valley wine pioneers from the 1880s, brought the family winemaking tradition to El Dorado County by founding Boeger Winery in 1972

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. 

Gold Mountain Winery and Lodge

Situated at the heart of El Dorado County’s Fair Play AVA, Gold Mountain Winery & Lodge is set on a hilltop at an elevation of 2,500 feet with vista views in every direction.

Gwinllan Estate Vineyard and Winery

“Gwinllan,” Welsh for vineyard, is fitting for this family winery, whose goal is to create great wines with minimal environmental impact.

Ironstone Vineyards

On a far edge of the charming gold rush town of Murphys, Ironstone Vineyards offers visitors a genuine experience that only begins with its approachable wines.

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.

Miraflores

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

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

Nello Olivo Wines

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.

Perry Creek Winery

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

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.

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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.