wine tasting

Limitless possibilities

Unique surroundings, perfect for winemaking

Our dynamic terroir ranges from 1,000 to 3,500 feet with hundreds of microclimates providing endless opportunities for our creative winemakers to experiment with nearly 100 distinct wine varieties.

Warm days and cool nights

Mountain born, intense flavors and distinct character

Our mountain vineyards are on steep hillsides with warm summer days and cool nights. It’s an environment that gives wines luscious fruit, an alluring balance, gentle tannins, and body and depth.

wine tasting in el dorado county
wine tasting in el dorado county vineyards
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The story that built us

el dorado county historical photo

It all began in 1848

California's Gold Rush and the planting of the first vines.

California’s Gold Rush began in El Dorado County in 1848 with James Marshall’s discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, on the South Fork of the American River in Coloma. As legions of people flocked to California to claim their fortunes, the region’s winemaking industry was born.

Fossati-Lombardo Winery, Late 1800s
Fossati-Lombardo Winery, Late 1800s

By 1870

The early pioneers of California winemaking

El Dorado County was among the largest wine producers in the state, trailing only Los Angeles and Sonoma counties. The local wine industry flourished until just after the turn of the century when there were approximately 2,000 acres of vines in the county. Shortly thereafter, El Dorado began a gradual decline, brought about by poor economic conditions and a diminishing local population. Prohibition was but the last straw.

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1920 - 1960

Rebirth

Viticulture virtually disappeared from the county. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that winegrowing made a resurgence. Following the development of several experimental vineyards, it became apparent that both the climate and soil of El Dorado County were ideally suited to the production of high quality, dry table wines. With the opening of Boeger Winery in 1973, El Dorado was once again on its way to becoming an important winegrowing region.

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Present

A can't-miss California wine region with boutique independent wineries

Today, the county has more than 2,000 acres of vines, is home to approximately 50 wineries, and produces some of California’s most sophisticated wines. El Dorado was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983.

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Dreaming of a springtime escape to El Dorado wine country? 🌸 We can't wait to welcome you. Rumor has it our wines pair very well with these views!⁠
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📷 @hollyshill⁠
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#ElDoradoWineCountry #SpringWineTasting #HollysHillVineyards⁠
Celebrating twenty years of winemaking, @narrowgatevineyards is a charming European-style boutique winery that features exclusively Biodynamic® wines. Owners Frank and Teena Hildebrand welcome visitors with tastings, food and wine pairings, and educational vineyard walks. Some fun facts include:
 
🍷 Flagship wines include Dunamis, and Chocolate Splash, a special Port blend infused with bittersweet natural chocolate essence.

🐄 Their extended family on property includes a yellow lab, three cats, ten chickens, and ten cows.

🍇 The apple (or should we say grape) doesn’t fall far from the tree - their daughter is also a winemaker, with her own brand, Lady of the Sunshine Wines!
 
Follow them at @narrowgatevineyards to learn more.

#ElDoradoWines #MountainGrown #NarrowGateVineyards #BioDynamic

#eldoradowines #mountainwine #mountaingrown #sierrafoothills #wineries #sierrafoothillswine #winecountry #renonv #nevada #wineexperiences #reno #sacramento #granitebay #folsom #eldoradohills #sfbayarea #visiteldoradocounty #eldoradocounty #winetasting  #southlaketahoe #visitgoldcountry
Three reasons why you should check out @wavwinesofficial on your next wine-tasting adventure. 🍷⁠
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✅ Award-winning, small-batch wines 🍷⁠
✅ Gorgeous canyon views – and killer sunsets! 🌅⁠
✅ It's dog-friendly (leashed pups, please) 🐶⁠
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Follow them at @wavwinesofficial to learn more.⁠
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#ElDoradoWines #MountainGrown #WoffordAcresVineyards⁠
Happy International Sauvignon Blanc Day! 🥂 It’s a great excuse to enjoy a glass of crisp, refreshing #ElDoradoWines Sauvignon Blanc from wineries such as @crystal_basin_cellars @toogoodestatewinery and @lavacapwinery.⁠
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Did you know Sauvignon Blanc grapes are one of the world's oldest grape varietals, dating back thousands of years?  #FunFact ⁠
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#MountainGrown #SauvignonBlancDay #InternationalWineDay ⁠
🌱 Bud break is a magical time of year (especially when Mother Nature cooperates with the weather!). Vineyards start to turn green, which means go time – or rather, grow time – for grapes. 🍇⁠
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📷 @windwalkervineyard⁠
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#ElDoradoWines #BudBreak #WindwalkerVineyard
Our wineries offer plenty of ways to celebrate the moms and mother figures in your life. Here are a few to inspire you! ⁠**All events are on Sunday, May 12.**⁠
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🌷 Brunch at @chateau_davell, 10-2 (pictured). Reservations required.⁠
🥂 Mimosas + Massage for Moms at @crystal_basin_cellars⁠
🌷 Brunch at @chateaudestienne, 10:30-2:30. Reservations required (by 5/7)⁠
🥂 Brunch at @fentonherriottvineyards, 10:30-12:30. Reservations required.⁠
🌷 Mother’s Day Celebration at @lavacapwinery, 10-5 ⁠
🥂 Mother’s Day Weekend Sip & Shop at @hart2hartvineyards, 11:30-5:30 ⁠
⁠🌷 Mother's Day at the Gazebo at @miradorwinery, 12-5. Reservations needed. ⁠
🥂 Paint + Sip at @nelloolivowinery's Camino Tasting Room, 2-4 pm (only 20 spots available!)⁠
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Contact the wineries directly to learn more and, where needed, reserve.⁠
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#ElDoradoWines #MountainGrown #MothersDay ⁠
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Cheers to the weekend and to enjoying time with your favorite people (and pups)! 🥂⁠
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#ElDoradoWines #WeekendVibes #MountainGrown #DogFriendly
Another memorable #Passport weekend is in the books! 🤩 🍷  Thank you to everyone who joined us; we hope to see you all again soon!!

Did you know many of our wineries offer tasting, pairing, and educational experiences throughout the year? ✨ Learn more at ElDoradoWines.org or the link in the bio.

#ElDoradoWines #MountainGrown #Wines #CaliforniaWines #SierraFoothills #ElDoradoCounty #VisitElDorado #PassportWeekend #WineCountry
Cheers to Earth Day! 🌎 Our wineries recognize that it’s essential to care for our planet. As a result, many of them embrace sustainable and organic practices, from certified organic to fish-friendly farming. Here are a few to check out:⁠
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🍇 @delfinofarms (pictured)⁠
🍇 @narrowgatevineyards⁠
🍇 @chateau_davell⁠
🍇 @boegerwinery⁠
🍇 @fieldnumber⁠
🍇 @hollyshill ⁠
🍇 @madronavineyards⁠
🍇 @lavacap⁠
🍇 @cedarville_vineyard⁠
🍇 @cantigawineworks ⁠
🍇 @skinnervineyards⁠
🍇 @smokey_ridge_ranch⁠
🍇 @starfieldvineyards⁠
🍇 @windwalkervineyard⁠
🍇 @davidgirardwinery⁠
🍇 @shadowranchvineyard⁠
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#ElDoradoWines #MountainGrownWines #EarthDay #EarthDayisEveryDay⁠
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