Looking for a rich and delightful wine-tasting experience? Head over to Placer and El Dorado counties, where wineries bring out the best of the areas’ abundant grape varieties.
The best wineries in Placer County
Placer County’s more than 20 wineries speak of beautiful valleys and foothills where grapes that produce unique flavors and blends are grown.
Wine tasting in these mostly family-owned wineries is memorable, with a wealth of flavors that tease and please the palate and leave you feeling convivial.
Sample great vintages and discover the subtle differences in the zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and chardonnay of each vineyard.
- Bear River Winery
2751 Combie Road, Meadow Vista, CA
This family-run boutique micro-wine grower has won bronze medals at the 2014 and 2015 SF Chronicle Wine Competition for its handcrafted wine sourced from grapes in and around the Northern Sierra vineyards. Attend wine-tasting events filled with music and food pairings held at select times of the year.
- Fawnridge Winery and Vineyards
5560 Fawnridge Road, Auburn, CA
This multi-awarded winery and vineyard found off the beaten wine trail has won praise for its excellent wine; warm, welcoming owners; and rural vibe. Two vineyards produce wine from Italian grape (Barbara Vineyard) and a dark, luscious variety inspired by French tradition (Syrah Vineyard). Signature offerings include cabernet sauvignon, non-vintage syrah, zinfandel, and pinot noir.
- Rancho Roble Vineyards
340 Fleming Road Lincoln, CA
This family-owned and operated vineyard and winery is well known for its local premium wine. Its countryside setting makes it ideal for weddings and other special events. Current releases include chardonnay, riesling, and estate barbera.
The best wineries in El Dorado County
No other county has more than 2,000 acres planted to grapes and over 50 wineries than El Dorado. Its rolling hills and mountainous terrain make it ideal for growing the luscious fruit from which some of California’s most sophisticated wines are made.
- Bechard Vineyard and Winery
4244 Rooster CT, Somerset, CA
This boutique winery specializes in award-winning premium and handcrafted wine. It uses traditional French and Spanish winemaking techniques to grow varietals, namely grenache, syrah, mourvèdre, tempranillo, and petite sirah. Tasting is by appointment only.
- Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards
8221 Stoney Creek Road, Fair Play, CA
This vineyard located high up the Sierra foothills produces select wines like sauvignon blanc, grenache, syrah, and barbera. What makes this vineyard special is the fact that it makes the most of the region’s natural grape-friendly environment to come up with crowd-pleasing wines. From barrel tasting of future wines to seasonal events, the Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards is a perfect for experiencing wine in a new way.
- Golden Leaves Vineyard and Winery
3625 Omo Ranch Road, Mt. Akum Road, CA
This vineyard and winery famous for handcrafted wines focuses on quality, not quantity. Its fine wines, cultivated in the verdant Sierra foothills, are sold exclusively in Golden Leaves’ tasting room in Somerset.
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