All of Amador County is pretty laid back for their tastings. Sobon is one of the more welcoming wineries. You can tell they (and those at the sister winery, Shenandoah) really love wine, the location, and meeting new people. They wines are tasty too! They are probably the most popular winery in Plymouth. They are like Livermore's Wente winery of Amador: popular, but not the best in the biz. No, wait. I disagree with my earlier Self. The service is great here, and though I'm not a fan of ALL of their wines, their Tannat was good. We will make another trip after the holidays and ask to taste all their reserve wines.
During the late 1800s Brice Station was a popular stage stop on the way to Calaveras Big Trees. In 1993 the first vines were planted at Brice Station on the family ranch by Stuart Mast, a fifth generation California farmer and Dolores Quyle Mast. Guided by sustainable agricultural methods, the highest vineyard in the Sierra Nevada thrives in the mountain air and sunshine at an altitude of 3,300 ft. visit to the ranch today finds a tribute to the creativity of the Quyle family, featuring the rustic Brice Station Vintners tasting room, the Quyle pottery shop, the carefully tended Dolores Quyle Mast vineyards, and an assortment of sheep, geese, horses, and llamas. If you look around you will also discover several antique printing presses, as well as a blacksmith shop where Paul Quyle teaches one Saturday a month.
Black Sheep Winery opened in 1984, featuring small releases of wine handcrafted from high quality grapes grown in Calaveras, and Amador Counties. Black Sheep Winery produces about 2,500 cases of wine per year, specializing in Zinfandels, but also producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and a second label called True Frogs Lily Pad Wines. This wine pays homage to jumping frog heritage here in Calaveras County!
Out back winery in the Apple Hill Area has a large following. The wines are unpretentious and you will likely enjoy their Zinfandels and Syrahs.You will find that the taste of the wine does very considerably year to year, however, they have all been good and at the price point.
Wine and a little more. Barkley Historic Homestead Bed and Breakfast Inn, located in the Sierra Foothills Fair Play Wine Country. On 67 acres of vineyards, seasonsal streams, beautiful ponds and hiking trails, lies the Barkley Historic Homestead. This setting is a perfect spot for a weekend getaway, corporate retreat or special event, such as weddings, anniversary, birthday or holiday party. If relaxation is what you're after, we're pleased to offer a large helping as well as an array of activities to fill your staywith fun and adventure! From elegant Winemakers Dinners to a game of Bocce Ball on our night-lit, regulation court, the opportunities for enjoyment are unlimited. Please join us for a glimpse into our little slice of heaven here at the Barkley Historic Homestead, a year-round resort and conference center.
Chevalier Winery specializes in Bordeaux varietals, Cabernets, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Chevalier Winery also produce speciality wines, such as their "Icicle" fermented with naturally frozen grapes and our "Ameritage" TM trade marked as a blend of Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals.
True Boutique: produces less than 1000 cases per year!
Truckee River Winery was established 23 years ago with the vision of sourcing quality grapes, bringing the fruit to Truckee in order to take advantage of the high elevation and cold temperatures to naturally cool the fermentation and slow down the barrel aging process. Thus becoming the highest and coldest winery. Truckee River Winery's focus from the beginning has been to produce handcrafted wines with great structure and finesse. Their award winning Pinot Noir is the winemaker's,Russ Jones, pride and joy.
Overlooking the sheer American River Canyon below, the steeply terraced Jodar vineyard is located near the edge of El Dorado National Forest at 2,400 feet elevation. The Jodar family literally blasted the vineyard from the granite hillside in 1985 to launch a journey, which is still in progress. In the spring of 1986 the task of carving terraces in the steep and rocky terrain was completed, and a small army of friends and relatives was recruited to plant the first 4,200 vines.was so impressed with their pairings. Jodar Vineyard & Winery most of the other wineries, they paired their wines with small bites to bring out the flavors. Sangiovese was paired with bruschetta, their petit syrah was paired with gorgonzola and their port was paired with the most amazing tangerine-balsamic coated cheese.
What a delightful surprise Green Family Winery was for us. Must admit that at first we were a bit caught off guard by the bunker like and windowless tasting room we needed to enter. But what a great treat to discover that inside was the very interesting and charming Charlie with some of the most unique and tasty wines.
Located in the Sierra Foothills in the heart of California’s Gold Country, Four Winds Cellars originally began as Laraine Winery, a small, family-owned vineyard established in 1998. The winery, which was as distinctive as it was celebrated, earned the reputation for being uncompromisingly unique in its endeavor to produce some of the finest, hand-crafted wines in the region.