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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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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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It takes a village to put on an event like Passport, and we’re grateful to our sponsors for their continued support of El Dorado Wine and our events! 🙏 Thanks to  @eldoradodisposal @mgskinner and Parker Development Company. ⁠
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You’ll find more than incredible wines at our wineries. Some, like our friends at @shadowranchvineyard are also home to cows – and their new additions! 🐄
 
Discover the varied and unique experiences that await you at the El Dorado Wineries at the link in our bio.
 
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Passport has been around 33 years for a reason. Whether you go to enjoy the unique food pairings, experience being a wine club member for a day, or chat with the winemakers and winery owners, it's guaranteed to be a fun and memorable day!⁠
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Here's a small taste of what our wineries will have on offer:⁠
🤠 @crystal_basin_cellars will host a western-themed day with pork ribs and cowboy rice (cowboy hats optional) ⁠
🧺  Enjoy a charcuterie box with wine pairings at @boegerwinery⁠
🧀  Sample the Brie & Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich at @busbycellars⁠
🍷  Indulge in a Rhone varietal tasting flight with food pairings at @skinnervineyards⁠
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And so many more! See the complete list at ElDoradoWines.org/Passport.⁠
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Grateful for vineyard sunsets. ✨ 🌅 ⁠
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While we firmly believe that EVERY day should be #DrinkWineDay, we won’t snub Global Drink Wine Day today. 🍷 ⁠
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May you find a reason to enjoy a glass of your favorite varietal today (and every day)! ⁠
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Cheers to #SyrahDay! 🍷 It’s a beloved varietal at our wineries, and whether you prefer yours blended (GSM anyone?), aged, or all of the above, there are endless ways to enjoy it here. ⁠
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See a complete list of wineries featuring Syrah at ElDoradoWines.org/wineries.⁠
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Happy Galentine’s Day! They say that love is sweet, but friends are better. ❤️ And what better way for ladies to celebrate ladies than with wine time? 🍷 Whatever you’re sharing with your BFFs today, remember the wise words of Leslie Knope: ⁠
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“I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.”⁠
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🚨LAST CHANCE 🚨Don’t miss out on Early Bird ticket pricing for Passport! You have until 11:59 pm tonight to save $10 on tickets! ⁠
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Get tickets at the link in our bio. ⁠
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