Tours Areas
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Sierra Wine Experience services the counties of Amador, El Dorado, and Placer. These counties are home to over 100 wineries. There are also wine sub-areas within the counties.

The following is a brief description of these areas:

Amador County

Amador County has over 40 wineries and, by far, the largest concentration of wineries in Amador County is in the Shenandoah Valley. There are over 30 wineries in this area, which is historically known mostly for production of bold Zinfandel wines. However, these days other varietal wines are also abundant including Italian-style wines such as sangiovese and barbera, and Rhone-style wines such as grenache, syrah, and mourvedre. Some of the oldest vineyards in California still exist in Amador County and the history of gold mining and winemaking are intertwined in the County. Other wineries and tasting rooms exist in the areas near Shenandoah Valley, including both rustic hidden gems and larger, modern tasting rooms.

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Together with Amador County, El Dorado County was the center of the Sierra wine region as early as the mid-1800s. In fact, James Marshall, the man who discovered gold at Coloma, also played a key role in the early development of wines in the County. El Dorado is home to over 50 wineries in various areas including Apple Hill/Camino; Fair Play; Pleasant Valley; and others near Shingle Springs and Coloma. Wines vary as widely as the locations with wonderful Rhone-style wines in Pleasant Valley, Bordeaux-style wines in Apple Hill and other locations, zinfandels, chardonnays, barbera, ports, and more.  Amazingly, El Dorado County grows more than 70 varietals of wine grapes!  Also, the large difference in elevations at which the grapes are grown, and widely varying soil types, make El Dorado one of the most interesting wine counties in California.

Placer County

Placer County has about 20 wineries in the Auburn, Lincoln and Loomis areas, mostly along the Placer County Wine Trail. These small, family-owned wineries offer a diverse selection of wines, including one winery specializing in Spanish-style wines with a wine cave for tasting. Because the wineries in this area are typically small, there is a good chance that the owner and/or winemaker will be there to serve you and answer your questions.  Tasting rooms vary from up-scale modern facilities that also serve food, to smaller tasting rooms inside wineries, barns, and other interesting locations.

Although we specialize our services in the three Counties described above, we can provide tour services in other northern California wine areas by request.


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