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Spotlight: Gold Country Wineries

Wine Tasting in Amador County

Wine Tasting in Amador County The vast majority of Sierra Foothills wines are produced in small, family owned wineries. Love of the land, passion for wine, and good-old fashioned friendliness are the markers of Amador's wine producers, and their unpretentious hospitality makes Amador the perfect place to taste wines and soak up the local flavor.

Nestled among back country roads and perched on the peaks of the Sierra Foothills, Amador's wineries are located in the heart of some of the most beautiful country in the U.S. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the warm summer sun in a winery picnic area, or take a long walk along one of Amador's many hiking trails.

But don't forget to taste the wine! The attention, love, and knowledge that Amador's winemakers devote to their wines yields exquisite results: the spicy, full-bodied Zinfandels for which Amador is best known as well as wines produced from Rhône Valley and Italian varietals.


Spotlight: Gold Country Wineries

Zinfandel and the Gold Country

Zinfandel and the Gold Country Zinfandel is the signature variety of the Sierra Foothills Gold Country, and it has been produced here since the mid-1860s, not long after wine production was ignited by the 1848 Gold Rush. After the mines began to run dry, many gold miners turned to grape-growing as an alternate profession.

Located in the western foothills of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, many local vineyards are planted on hillsides above 1,000 feet in elevation, in volcanic, decomposed granite soils. These conditions, combined with the region's warm climate and high incidence of old vines, produce intensely flavored grapes, which local vintners turn into rich, robust red wines.

Sierra foothill vintners makes excellent syrah, barbera, and sangiovese, but the region's trademark wine remains the spicy, fruity, robust Zinfandel, a perfect complement to hearty foods such as grilled lamb, spicy sausages, and tomato-based pastas.


Spotlight: Gold Country Lodging

Amador County Bed & Breakfasts

Amador County Bed and Breakfasts For the wine lover, few destinations are as ideal for a weekend getaway as Amador County, which boasts many charming bed-and-breakfast inns. Amador County is situated in the heart of the Sierra Foothills Gold Country. As you approach Amador from either south or north, enjoy the splendors of historic Highway 49, which traverses quaint country valleys and offers lovely views of the Sierra Nevadas.

Once you arrive at your B&B, you will be greeted by gracious staff, luxurious accommodations, and deluxe breakfasts. For day trips, enjoy the authentic charm of Amador towns such as Jackson, Sutter Creek, Amador City, and Volcano, many of which still feature historic, 19th-century buildings. Along with the history, enjoy Amador's lovely scenery, charming shops, fine dining, and premier wines, as well as a warm, soft bed at the end of the day.