Wine Varieties of El Dorado
In El Dorado wine country, we talk a lot about our vast range of varieties. In short, that means we can grow so many different kinds of wine grapes, or varieties, because we have a great range of extraordinary conditions that the grapes need.
Our vineyards roll across elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 feet, and run through hundreds of microclimates – seriously, hundreds – and some of them are just a few rows of one vineyard. They might be in a spot where a sharp hill blocks the midsummer sun and offers a cooler home for grapes. It might be a vineyard perfectly positioned for early morning sun without getting the heat of the day. It might be rows at the bottom of a canyon where streams of cool air flow through and allow the grapes to absorb a full day of sunshine but still cool down quickly at night.
Our vineyards are planted on steep hillsides, in small nooks and rolls of land, in rocky canyons, above rivers, and in breathtaking valleys. That's what creates that enormous spread of microclimates and conditions. Each one of those tiny slices of weather, sunshine, and earth offers something uniquely precious and suited best for just a handful of wine grape varieties. And because we have so many of those slices, so many different varieties thrive in our region.
We produce our award winning wines from more than 50 varieties, and wines produced from the same variety can have many personalities and many shades of flavors. We tell anyone who visits our region that every time they come, they'll find new places, new scenes and vineyards, and new wines that are different from any other visit. That's why coming to visit and taste our wines just makes you want to come and visit again.