It’s also a geographically large and diverse area, one made up of four regions. Each region boasts diverse landscapes and climates influencing their grape varietals and wine styles, creating a unique adventure for every sip. They include the following:

Greater El Dorado

El Dorado County’s vast golden foothills are home to spectacular and distinct wineries at various elevations and microclimates. These wineries cultivate the very soils of the California Gold Rush! Discover them within valleys, around winding back roads, and at the top of gently rolling hills.

The views from Holly’s Hill Vineyard in Pleasant Valley don’t disappoint. Photo: Lauren Lindley

Pleasant Valley

Located in the heart of El Dorado Wine Country, the family wineries here are set among lush Ponderosa pines and oak trees. Wildflower meadows, horse ranches, and breathtaking views are the gateway to diverse microclimates, complex wines, and unforgettable foothill hospitality.

Madrona Vineyards in Camino, California.

Apple Hill™/Camino

There’s a captivating, high mountain feel in the air along this rolling stretch just north of Highway 50. The area blends long-established wineries and exciting newcomers with apple orchards, bake shops, vast views, and a sense that the American River Canyon is just out of sight. While the region is known as an autumn destination, our wineries are open year-round.

Fair Play

This surprising region is close to everything yet feels like its own world. With thick woods and quiet meadows, you’ll find numerous wineries and varied wine styles, nearly all from the namesake Fair Play AVA. Exploring the winding backroads always guarantees new surprises. For every mountaintop vista, there’s a tucked-away winery for you to discover!