David Girard Vineyards

David Girard Vineyards
741 Cold Springs Rd
Placerville, CA  95667

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Tasting Room Open Daily 12–5

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What to Buy

’13 Reserve Grenache
Intense dark red fruit $42

’12 Syrah Reserve Fenaughty Vineyard
Violet, spice, black currant, boysenberries $42

’13 Vermentino
Rich, zesty citrus, great minerality $28

Special Notes

Private tastings and tours, organic farming practices, winemaker on site, wine club events, culinary events


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. He purchased a stunning 85-acre property in the heart of Gold Country, just a mile from where gold was first discovered, with 14 acres planted to Merlot.

For the first 10 years, David sold his Merlot grapes on a 10-year contract to Robert Mondavi Winery, but he and Ron Mansfield, a widely respected grape grower in the region, had a hunch. They took a trip to the Rhône Valley in Southern France, which convinced the men that the terroir was quite similar. When David returned, he planted Rhône varieties. Today, the wineries’ 38 vineyard acres are mostly Rhône and they’re undergoing a transition to organic farming.

Under the expert guidance of Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Grayson Hartley, the winery creates a splendid portfolio of handcrafted wines including Viognier, Roussanne, Vermentino, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. The wines are routinely praised for their seamless balance, layered construction, and compatibility with food.

A visit to David Girard Vineyards is a refreshingly unique wine tasting experience. The beautiful tasting room offers a range of tasting options. All tastings are by appointment only, which ensures each guest has an outstanding experience. Tasting at David Girard Vineyards means unparalleled, dedicated attention to each individual. The tasting experiences can change seasonally, and guests are encouraged to check the winery’s website for updates and to select from one of its tasting experiences.

Whether guests choose to take a tour of the beautiful 90-acre estate followed by a cheese and wine pairing or to simply enjoy a relaxed tasting with one of the friendly staff members, the winery is dedicated to ensuring that one’s visit to David Girard Vineyards is extraordinary.

For more information, please visit: davidgirardvineyards.com


Tasting Room: Yes

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: Yes

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: Yes

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: Yes

Wedding Facilities: Yes

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No



David Girard - 20 Year Dream

Tune in to learn the story of how David Girard Vineyards got started and became what it is today.

Wine Varietals with Grayson

Take a tour through David Girard wines with winemaker Grayson Hartley.

Visit David Girard Vineyards

Take a virtual tour of the beautiful David Girard Vineyards!

The Estate

A description of David GIrard Estates including the views, tasting room, and production area!

A Tale of two Valleys

The parallels between Southern France's Rhone Valley and David Girard vineyards that give him the ability to produce French inspired wines. 

David Girard Vineyards

David Girard Vineyards is widely known for the superior quality of its estate grown grapes.