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The Promising Wineries of Placer County

Placer County is known for excellent zinfandel, barbera, and syrah. The microclimate is also ideal for growing varietals from Spain, Italy, and Southern France.

Discover these outstanding wineries along the Placer Wine Trail.
Bonitata Boutique Wine
291 Auburn Folsom Rd Auburn, CA
530-305-0449

This winery brings you handcrafted, barrel-aged wine made with grapes handpicked from the finest vineyards in Placer County. Housed in the former Bernhard Winery, now the Berhnhard Museum, right next to the Golden Country Fair Ground, the winery is known for pouring 2007 barbera and 2008 cabernet franc.

The winery may be reserved for private events like weddings, birthdays, and bachelorette parties. They also customize wine labels using original artworks and personal photographs.

Cristaldi Vineyards
4060 Ridge Dr Loomis, CA
916.759.1291

Cristaldi produces organically grown single-vineyard estate wine and premium extra olive oil in small batches. Located on five acres of scenic land, the winery is perched on top of a hill with sweeping views of the Loomis Basin.

They farm over 2000 grapevines and 15 varietals, including merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, dolcetto, sangiovese, barbera, and aglianico, just to name a few.

Their wine tastings are often held al fresco in the winery pergola or the shaded winery piazza. Enjoy table-side service with a tasting flight of four wines and select extra virgin olive oil. Click here to make a reservation.

Casque Wines
9280 Horseshoe Bar Rd Loomis, CA
916.652.2250

Casque Wines follows the French tradition of blending varietals to produce fantastic wines using grapes from the finest vineyards of the Sierra Foothills. They also produce small lot single varietal wines. Visit their store here.

The wine tasting patio is perfect for guests who want to drink wine while taking in views of the scenery. An on-site restaurant, Flower Farm Café, serves lunch. A special event, called “Fridays on the Patio”, takes place from April to October, with live music and food trucks on the estate.

Bicycles and pets are allowed on the grounds.

Wise Villa Winery
4200 Wise Rd Lincoln, CA
916.543.0323

The winery has won many awards, including the “Golden State Winery of the Year” at the 2015 California State Fair Wine Competition. Staffed by some of the best winemakers and gourmet chefs in Placer County, Wise Villa offers exquisite seven-course food and wine pairing sessions at their Tuscan-style bistro. Click here to buy tickets.

They also serve dinner and hold wine tastings with live music on Friday nights. Winery tours are held on weekends.

Vina Castellano
4590 Bell Rd Auburn, CA
530.889.2855

Set among farmland and horse ranches, this family-owned winery offers nine to 13 estate wines at any given time. Guests can enjoy a full flight of award-winning wine, including the tempranillo and the abuelito red Spanish blend. There’s also the Vintner’s Choice limited flight, which consists of six to seven the Mendez family’s favorite wines.

The winery holds special events like the Bootlegger’s Picnic and the Tapas and Tasting Program, with the latter allowing parties of 10 or more to reserve the cave tasting room in the evenings and taste a flight of seven wines paired with special tapas.

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