Gold Country

Once a hotbed for gold mines, California’s Gold Country stretches through the counties of El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and beyond. Wine lovers from San Francisco and Sacramento happily make the drive to the region on weekends to explore the delightful family-owned wineries, orchards, antique shops, restaurants, and spectacular scenery. Here, the grapevines, planted at elevations between 1,500 and 3,000 feet, enjoy a myriad of microclimates which yield an amazing diversity of grapes. Come harvest, there is much gold to be reaped and savored from these bountiful hills.

Featured Wineries

Andis Wines

The stunning, fresh architecture of Andis Wines, located in the heart of Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley, was designed as homage to the beauty of modern winemaking and the joys of gracious hospitality.

David Girard Vineyards

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

Elevation, soil, and climate inspire the spirit and produce exceptional wines at Mount Aukum Winery.

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.

Windwalker Vineyard and Winery

When Jim and Alanna Taff became the owners of Windwalker Vineyard and Winery in 2007, it was the culmination of a longtime love affair.

Notable Wineries

Boeger Winery

In 1973, the Boegers began building the Boeger Winery on the very spot homesteaded by the Fossati-Lombardo family.

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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

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Chatom Vineyards

Upon first meeting Gay Callan, the petite owner of Chatom Vineyards, it’s hard to believe she’s a farmer and self-made businesswoman.

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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.

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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.

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Hatcher Winery

Matthew Hatcher’s winemaking talents have put Hatcher Winery on the “don’t miss” list of Foothill Wineries.

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Hovey Winery

For more than 30 years, Chuck Hovey has consistently crafted exceptional award-winning Sierra Foothills wines worthy of international recognition.

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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.

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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.

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Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery

Twenty acres of grapevines grow on the steeply terraced terrain of Lucchesi Vineyards & Winery

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Madroña Vineyards

Paul and his wife Maggie of Madroña Vineyards continue the Old World winemaking practices Paul’s father began.

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Newsome-Harlow Winery

Newsome-Harlow Winery claims to be all about Bacchanalian hedonism –wine, food, friends, and copious amounts of laughter.

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Renaissance Vineyard and Winery

Renaissance Vineyard and Winery is a wine writer’s delight. Many have made the one-and-a-half-hour drive from Sacramento and written rave reviews.

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Renwood Winery

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

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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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Terra d'Oro

Terra d’Oro, Italian for land of gold, is credited with planting a different kind of treasure: the region’s first Zinfandel and Italian grape varieties.

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Truckee River Winery

The ability to merge two seemingly opposite passions into one reality is not often an easy feat, but for Russ Jones, owner and winemaker at Truckee River Winery, it has been a success for more than 20 years.

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Featured Accommodations

The Victoria Inn

The Victoria Inn is an intimate, 19-room luxury bed and breakfast in the heart of California’s gold country.

More Sierra Foothills Accommodations

Other inns and hotels we recommend visiting in the region.

The Historic Cary House Hotel

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.

National Hotel

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.

Featured Businesses

We Olive Folsom

Dedicated to informing and delighting guests with the benefits and deliciousness of California olive oil, We Olive offers an unforgettable olive oil experience.

Featured Destinations

Sierra Vintners

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.



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Now that summer is officially here we invite you to relax outside and enjoy a little bit of friendly competition while you taste your way through wine country.

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Tour Journal: El Dorado County, California


Located just 40 miles east of Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills, commonly known as California Gold Country.

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Tour Journal: Amador County, California


Just 45 miles east of Sacramento, Amador County beckons with beautiful rustic vistas, historic downtowns, and rolling scenic vineyards. 

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Tour Journal: Calaveras County, California


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.

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Tour Journal: Amador County


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.

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The Treasures of Gold Country


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.

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Close-Up: El Dorado County


Just 40 miles east of Sacramento, El Dorado County is located in the breathtaking Sierra Foothills in the heart of California’s Gold Country.

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Blazing New Trails in El Dorado County


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.

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Vistas and Varieties in the Sierra Foothills


Today, while Zins remain impressive, Rhône and Italian varieties have found a happy home in the Sierra Foothills and Gold Country’s diverse terrain.

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Spelunking and Tasting in the Sierra Foothills


Join Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Van Diver on her editor's tour of the Sierra Foothills. 

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