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Spotlight: Gold Country Wineries

Wine Tasting in Amador County

Wine Tasting in Amador County The vast majority of Sierra Foothills wines are produced in small, family owned wineries. Love of the land, passion for wine, and good-old fashioned friendliness are the markers of Amador's wine producers, and their unpretentious hospitality makes Amador the perfect place to taste wines and soak up the local flavor.

Nestled among back country roads and perched on the peaks of the Sierra Foothills, Amador's wineries are located in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in the U.S. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the warm summer sun in a winery picnic area, or take a long walk along one of Amador's many hiking trails.

But don't forget to taste the wine! The attention, love, and knowledge that Amador's winemakers devote to their wines yields exquisite results: the spicy, full-bodied Zinfandels for which Amador is best known as well as wines produced from Rhône Valley and Italian varietals.


Spotlight: Gold Country Wineries

Zinfandel and the Gold Country

Zinfandel and the Gold Country Zinfandel is the signature variety of the Sierra Foothills Gold Country, and it has been produced here since the mid-1860s, not long after wine production was ignited by the 1848 Gold Rush. After the mines began to run dry, many gold miners turned to grape-growing as an alternate profession.

Located in the western foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, many local vineyards are planted on hillsides above 1,000 feet in elevation, in volcanic, decomposed granite soils. These conditions, combined with the region's warm climate and high incidence of old vines, produce intensely flavored grapes, which local vintners turn into rich, robust red wines.

Sierra foothill vintners makes excellent syrah, barbera, and sangiovese, but the region's trademark wine remains the spicy, fruity, robust Zinfandel, a perfect complement to hearty foods such as grilled lamb, spicy sausages, and tomato-based pastas.


Spotlight: Gold Country Lodging

Lodging in El Dorado County

Lodging in El Dorado County The rich history of the Gold Country infuses the atmosphere of El Dorado County's many B&B's, inns, and hotels. The walls of the Lavendar Hill B&B, one of many historic Gold Country hotels, are covered with Gold Rush style wallpapers and photos, and many rooms open onto original porches and verandas.

Located in and nearby the historic mining towns of Jamestown and Sonora, B&B's like the Deer Creek Inn and the Barretta Gardens Inn offer visitors a chance to experience the hospitality of a bygone era while enjoying every luxury modern amenities provide. Turn of the century antiques and furniture grace the guestrooms while air conditioning, spa services, and excellent service make every visit as convenient and comfortable as possible.

El Dorado's charming B&B's offer a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Your innkeepers will ease you into the relaxing rhythm of Gold Country life with gourmet breakfasts, sweeping grounds, and homey, period rooms.