Wine Tasting Tour Destinations - Amador County - Shenandoah Valley
This wonderful California wine region took flight during the Gold Rush of the 1850s, amid the rugged western foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range.
As fortune seekers, many of them European, flocked to the Sierras to prospect for gold, small wineries arose to help slake their thirst.
Within a few decades, there were over 100 wineries in the area known as the Mother Lode, more than any other region of California.
Some of the vineyards planted during that era survive to this day.
Many are drawn by the region’s rolling, sun-drenched hillsides, warm daytime temperatures, and volcanic, decomposed granite soils, ideal conditions for producing top-quality wine grapes. When their robustly flavored wines, especially zinfandel, began attracting the attention of wine lovers throughout California and the U.S., the historic Sierra Foothills wine region was born.
The wines produced from the vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley, home to some of the oldest vines in California and are renowned for their intense fruit and deep color.
Located in Plymouth, California, Helwig Winery offers sweeping vistas overlooking lush vineyards, breathtaking views of the Sierra and Coastal mountains, and a sky you won’t believe until you see it for yourself.
Visit our spacious and inviting Tasting Room, well-equipped meeting and conference rooms, our terraced concert amphitheater, or the popular picnic Pavilion… and, of course, our “cool” wine cave. We offer a little something for everyone, no matter the weather, the event or the mood.
The Shenandoah Valley’s premier winery invites you to join us for an hour, an afternoon or an evening to enjoy our award winning wines.
Convergence Vineyards tasting room is set among their highly acclaimed vineyards, producing some of the area’s most award winning wines.
Learn from winemakers Stephen and Jamie Concannon who will share their knowledge and passion for winemaking.
Convergence Vineyards is named for the three creeks converging below the tasting room.
Jamie and Steve Concannon make the most amazing wines from their small vineyard. Those offered are unique, well-priced, and of excellent quality. Their tasting facility is friendly and you may even get greeted by one of the dogs bringing a toy to welcome you. For a small winery, they offer a large variety of wines.
With 400 acres of magnificent acres of estate vines, including several historic, old-vine vineyards.
Terra d’Oro now produces delicious Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Chenin Viognier, Barbera, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and more.
We’re incredibly fortunate to be part of the long history established here more than 150 years ago, and hope that you’ll stop by for a visit.
Zinfandel is our passion, and lucky for us we are blessed with perfect growing conditions for this world-class varietal. Whether enjoying our Amador Zinfandel, or one of our three unique single vineyard offerings, you’ll experience the region’s trademark "Shenandoah spice" that makes our Zins stand above the rest.
Opened in November of 2010, Andis Wines brings a modern and fresh approach to Amador County's winemaking region. Our focus: seeking out the best vineyards in the Sierra Foothills to craft wines with balance, character, complexity and varietal correctness. Using both traditional and innovative winemaking approaches, Andis Wines have quickly garnered 90+ point scores in Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, glowing reviews in print and online media, and placements in some of the finest restaurants.
Our building is a state of the art winemaking facility built with a "green" design. The spacious tasting room offers panoramic vineyard views of surrounding Amador wine country, expansive picnic areas, a bocce ball court, daily winery tours, and wine on tap!
Our gracious staff awaits; make Andis Wines a must-stop on your Amador wine tasting adventure.
Deaver Vineyards, in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Amador County,
where grape growing has been a family tradition for over 150 years.
Visit our tasting room and browse our renowned gift shop for some of the best wine and home accessories you'll find anywhere!
Plan to stay and enjoy a picnic lunch by our lovely pond, and don't miss out on our special events throughout the year.
Dillian is a small family winery specializing in Zinfandel, Barbera and Primitivo. Our wines are made by hand in small batch fermentations and aged in sixty gallon French and American oak barrels. Owner Tom Dillian has been growing high-quality grapes in Amador County since 1972.
The winery tasting room on Steiner Road, modeled after the home built by Tom’s grandfather in the early 1900’s, sits on property owned by the Dillians since 1917. The Dillian family, their fine wines and gracious hospitality remain Amador County trademarks.
We look forward to your visit!
Drytown Cellars is dedicated to producing the very best wines-well balanced, intensely flavored, yet good for every day.
We use only the highest quality fruit. We eschew tampering with what nature provides, and depend on rigorous scientific methods of production.
We strive to preserve the distinctive fruit characteristics in the wine.
We love producing single varietal wines, but we also believe that prudent blending can enhance varietal characteristics by offering complimentary attributes. And as with our non-vintage burgundy, “Red-on-Red,” we can take advantage of a wide palette of flavors to produce an outstanding, robust, yet reasonably priced, bottle of wine.
Iron Hub Winery is owned and operated by Tom and Beth Jones and their children. Tom was the founding winemaker of Lava Cap Winery in the Apple Hill area near Placerville, CA after completing his Master Degree (Viticulture & Enology) at University of California, Davis.
He developed Lava Cap Winery’s style of award-winning wines for almost 30 years and left mid-2013 to begin new endeavors.
Situated in the picturesque Amador County, Renwood is surrounded by the rolling hills and rushing streams of California’s gold country.
Renwood was established in 1993 and is today one of the most respected wine producers in the Sierra Foothills. With historic old vine Zinfandels, complex Syrahs, sensational Barberas, and much more, you will find that Renwood wines express a true sense of place.
Our goal is to create world-class wines that are approachable, delicious and appealing to the senses, while representing the soils in which they grew. We strive to create wines and experiences that guests can’t help but to fall in love with. That is our highest priority.
In 1996 Oliver Bray and Robin Bray established Bray Vineyards on 50 acres of prime Shenandoah Valley vine land.
By 2001, Bray Vineyards was supplying Zinfandel and Sangiovese grapes to well known local wineries like Vino Noceto and Montevina and making a name for themselves and their grapes as well as plans for opening their own winery. In 2004, they brought in John Hoddy as their winemaker and by April of that year Bray Vineyards opened its doors to the public for the first time.
The Brays are proud of their winery, their wines, and their olive oil. Oliver and Robin invite you to visit them, whether you come to the tasting room, to their website, or to the many events in northern California and Nevada where they pour wine.
Welcome to the Heart of California's Shenandoah Valley!
The beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley of Amador County is one of the oldest non-Spanish farming
communities in California. The easy gold found early during the Gold Rush soon was exhausted and the miners realized that their fortune would more likely be made in a more traditional manner – farming. Grapes were planted as early as the 1850sand the valley’s reputation for “liquid gold” has been growing since.
We invite you to visit Young’s, to taste our award winning wines. Enjoy a picnic and take a stroll around the gorgeous grounds. We are known for our stunning yet unpretentious gardens. It is a place where time stands still.
Serafina is a 1st generation winery from a 5th generation winemaker. Celebrating our 4th Anniversary in 2014 here in Amador County we are honored to showcase our classic Italian and Rhone style wines in our tasting room. Our family has a long history of winemaking and wine appreciation beginning when my great grandfather immigrated to the east coast from Italy in 1903. Over 60 years ago my grandfather bought our family’s first winery in California. He taught me the tradition of family winemaking, and with a little help and a lot of extra “homework” from the enology program at UC Davis, we are pleased you offer you 5 Generations of winemaking here at serafina.
Shenandoah Vineyards in Plymouth, CA, was founded in 1977 by Shirley and Leon Sobon.
Leon and Shirley Sobon founded Shenandoah Vineyards in 1977. They were one of the first four wineries in Amador County's now well known Shenandoah Valley appellation.
From the first offering of 1,200 cases, the winery has continued to thrive, adjusting the portfolio of wines over the years. It is now producing about 25,000 cases per year. Demand continues to grow as a result of skilled winemaking, marketing, and strong family commitments to quality and service. Today, we continue to use estate grown grapes from our sustainably-farmed vineyards.
Turley Wine Cellars makes forty-seven wines from over fifty vineyards, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs.
By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture.
All of our vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and we use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.
The Sobon Estate winery started in 1989 when Leon and Shirley Sobon bought each other a second winery for their 30th wedding anniversary present. They purchased the historic D'Agostini Winery, one of the oldest in the state. This winery has been designated as California State Historic Landmark #762.
This site was chosen not only for its historical winery, but also for its vineyards and vineyard land. The old vine Zinfandel was retained, and the other vineyards replanted with the best varieties and clones. The Sobon Estate label launched the estate line of wines for the Sobon Family -- the best wines from their own grapes. These include Rhone varietals, vineyard designated Zinfandels, and dessert wines.
With over 30 years experience in grape growing, the Borjòn Family knows a thing or two about producing premium wine grapes.
We have a different approach in the world of grape growing than the majority of the grape growers in Amador County. We like to consider ourselves more winegrowers than grape growers in our everyday vineyard operations and look at the grapes from a winemaker’s perspective. With the thought that great wine begins with great grapes, we work to produce a standard of grape that is above the rest.
The tasting room at Borjòn is incredible! Don't miss this elegant destination.
At Cooper Vineyards we believe that winemaking begins in the vineyard.
Discover our rotating portfolio of 25 finely crafted wines, produced from our 18 estate grown varietals.
We are dog friendly. Visit our tasting room among the vines.
Gaze into the world of single varietal wines – small quantities of artfully crafted wines that span the tradition of Italian and Rhone varietals, desserts wines, heirloom varietals, and just a few special blends. We specialize in estate-bottled wines and proudly offer them to you.
This family-owned ranch offers stunning vineyard views and award-winning wines, and a tasting room where gracious hospitality awaits you.
Villa Toscano Winery and Bistro
Beautiful award-winning Tuscan-style gardens provide the ideal setting to savor a glass of fine Villa Toscano wine and share a meal with family and friends.
Our winemakers, George Bursick and Susan Farrington have added their extensive experience and discerning palates to create wines of intensity with elegance.
At Villa Toscano, we proudly present the traditional head-pruned, dry-farmed Zinfandels alongside the newer, innovative Italian varietals for which the region is becoming so well-known.
From the Tuscan-style gardens to the elegant tasting room and gift shop this Shenandoah Valley gem is not to be missed!