Whether you’re looking for education, a chance to chat with a winemaker or a memorable meal, check out our top reasons why the El Dorado wineries should be on your radar.

Food Pairings That Rock

Forget about stale crackers and flavorless cheese cubes. Our wineries find inspiration from the region’s agricultural abundance! Think creative pairings with delicious (often organic) local foods that perfectly complement the flavor profiles of the many varietals you’ll find here.

Sample Kenyan fusion street tacos with a Zinfandel Rose, paella with a crisp Patriarche Blanc, or a relaxed three-course lunch paired with bubbles.

And we haven’t even started with the culinary magic that happens during our annual Passport weekend!

Corndogs at wine tasting


Go Beyond Wine Tasting

Have you ever taken a yoga class in a vineyard? You can do that here (with a glass of wine afterward, naturally). What about a baking class? You’ll also find that in El Dorado County (again, with wine afterward!). Prefer less exertion? How about a sip and paint evening, a private reserve tasting in a wine cave, or tasting in a 19th-century wine cellar?

You’ll find oodles of events and interesting ways to experience El Dorado’s wineries.

Get Your Wine Learning On

Did you ever wonder what goes into making a great bottle of wine? Many of our wineries host educational classes and events led by the actual winemakers! Go on a walking winery tour or become a winemaker for a day while you bottle your own wine.

These sessions can cover everything from the grape growing process and the challenge of organic farming to the art of winemaking. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from the experts and gain a deeper appreciation for the wines you’re enjoying.

Holly's Hill tasting room

Chat with the People Behind the Bottles

Our wineries are well-known for their friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You might even have the chance to chat with the winemaker! These folks are passionate about their craft and love sharing their knowledge and stories with visitors.

Ask them about their favorite wines, the inspiration behind their creations, favorite pairings, or anything else that piques your curiosity. It’s a personal touch that you won’t find just anywhere.