When Tim and Lani Holdener founded their winery in 2001, they didn’t own a vineyard, so they named it Macchia, Italian for “spot.” With the goal of targeting the very finest vineyard spots around California to source their grapes, they built the exceptional portfolio they have today. The family winery crafts a variety of Zinfandels, including one Old Vine Zin from a 140-year-old vineyard in Amador County. There are also several versions of Sangiovese and Barbera, as well as Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah, and dessert wine. Although the wines are seriously good and many have won prestigious awards, Macchia is a fun spot to visit. The inviting grounds are great for a picnic, and there’s a bocce court and horseshoe pit. Families and dogs are welcome, too.