Amador County Wine Country

Map of Amador County

The earliest settlers of Amador County may never have imagined that the riches of gold would give way to bounty of a more natural variety. The serenity of the Sierra Nevada foothills provide a pastoral beauty rarely seen, even in California, as showcased by a thriving viticultural industry that produces some of the world’s finest Zinfandels.

TOP TIPS FOR AMADOR COUNTY

  1. Many of the structures, especially in the smaller towns, were erected during the gold rush.

  2. Self-guided walking or bike tours, especially along the miles of creeks, are worth a day.

  3. Strike it rich! 21st century treasure hunters can be found GeoTracking and GeoCaching around Amador County.

When to Go

Elevations of 200 feet to 9,000 feet give Amador County a diverse climate. Skiing in winter, and dry, hot temperatures in the summer offer a variety of options, year-round.
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Nearby

Cities
  • Sutter Creek, CA
Nearby Regions
  • Calaveras Country, CA
  • El Dorado County, CA
  • Placer County, CA

APPELLATIONS (AVAs)

Primary
  • Sierra Foothills AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. O.A.R.S. California Rafting Grab an oar and cool off with a wild ride down the south fork of the American River.
    , Angels Camp CA
  2. Black Chasm Cavern Stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, and arrays of rare helictite crystals can be enjoyed in this National Natural Landmark.
    15701 Pioneer Volcano Rd, Volcano CA
  3. Daffodil Hill Visit this landmark during the spring, when thousands of blooms cover the rolling hills.
    18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano CA
  4. Kennedy Tailing Wheels Park Don’t forget the camera: this small park offers some great photo ops for history buffs who are interested in Gold Rush history.
    33 Broadway, Jackson CA
  5. Boa Vista Vineyards Delicious, fresh-baked pastries and sweet dessert wines make this roadside attraction a must-stop for families.
    2952 Carson Rd, Placerville CA

lodging

Hotel
The Jackson Lodge

Only about a two-hour drive from San Francisco, and an hour from Sacramento, the Jackson hotel in Amador County California and the historic Gold Country welcome you to all the wonders of the Mother Lode and Sierra Nevada foothills.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Grey Gables Inn

Located in the town of Sutter Creek, the Grey Gables Inn brings a touch of the English Countryside to the Gold Country.

Restaurants

American
Lone Wolf Restaurant and Lounge

The Lone Wolf Restaurant and Lounge located within the Jackson Rancheria Casino features fine dining and live music on the terrace. Dine on steak, pasta, pizza and excellent desserts.

Steakhouse
Stanley’s Steakhouse

Located at The National Hotel, this upscale steak restaurant offers creative cocktails and an extensive wine list in an inviting atmosphere.

Things To Do

Attractions
Preston Castle

Outdoor Activities
Moaning Cavern Adventure Park

Calling all adventure addicts! Conquer your fear of heights by rappelling, zip-lining, and climbing the rock wall. Then, explore the area on foot by touring the caverns and hiking the trails. Expect to get dirty, so bring a spare change of clothes.

Did you Know?

With proof of their existence dating back to the mid-1800s, Amador county is home to some of the oldest Zinfandel vines on earth.

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