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.

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

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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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There’s more to Camino and Apple Hill™ than pies and apples. 🍎 🥧 Think award-winning wineries with fun wines (including some that pair well with donuts), welcoming hospitality, and plenty of surprises. 🍷 🍩 ⁠
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Award-winning mountain-grown wines and incredible scenery are just two reasons why the El Dorado wineries of the Sierra Foothills should be on your list.
 
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The weekend's not over yet. 😎 Heading back from Tahoe today? Our wineries make a delightful stop on the drive home. (Fun fact: Many are a short drive off Highway 50!) 🥂 ⁠
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Find maps, wineries, and more in our free visitor guide. Grab a PDF version in the link in bio. ⁠
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Our Fair Play wineries, located on the southern part of El Dorado County, boast some of the highest average elevation in the country. They’re also less than an hour from Sacramento!⁠
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Wine tasting is serious business around here. 🍷 🍇 😎⁠
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