EJ retired in July of 2000 from the construction business, having spent most of his career working on major projects overseas. Upon retiring, he immediately started a second career, constructing a vineyard. Prior to retiring, many potential vineyard areas were investigated, and compared to a list of preferred requirements. Sierra Moon Vineyards has five Rhone varietals; two reds; Petite Sirah and Syrah, and three whites; Viognier, Rousanne, and Marsanne. In addition, we have planted Zinfandel, which the Sierra foothills are well known for producing award-winning Zins. All our wines are made from our estate grown grapes
he Lucchesi family origins lie in Provincia Di Lucca, Toscana, and we are the direct descendents from the civilizations of the Etruscans, the native culture of northwestern/central Italy, and first civilization of Italy and the Romans.I remember their Barbera from last fall being excellent, but when I went in last they only offered the "general, grow everywhere" wines, such as Merlot, Carbernet and Syrah. In my opinion the more exotic grapes do better in Nevada County and have a more unique taste.
Casque Wines, an urban winery, is just 5 minutes off of I-80 at the Horseshoe Bar exit in Loomis. A tasting room during the day and wine bar at night on the patio. Casque invites you to listen to some great music every Saturday from 6-9 pm.
Mt. Vernon Winery is one of the most unique wineries you will find in the Sierra foothills. Founders Jim & Lynda Taylor and winemaker Ryan Taylor own the largest and most award winning winery in Placer County with a variety of hand-crafted wines for you to enjoy! The tasting room is a beautifully restored old 1950s milk house with elegant gardens that over look the lush vineyards.
In 1978 Chateau Rodin was cleared of trees and various undergrowth. Three years later in the spring of 1981, the first Chardonnay and Zinfandel vines were planted. Since then, additional vines consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Barbera.
The winery sits at 2600 feet above sea level which provides a Mediterranean climate. This makes Chateau Rodin wines unique because at this elevation we are provided with cool summer nights and warm summer days.
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.
Cante Ao Vinho is Portuguese for "Sing to the wine" since we love to play beautiful music as we make our wine. Cante Ao Vinho is located just outside the city of Wheatland California, near Camp Far West Lake and Beal Air Force Base
Domaine Becquet is a California winery with a French accent...
Its wines have less alcohol than many California wines and less "oak from the barrel" but they offer great fruit aromas and taste and an amazing complexity.
Domaine Becquet's wines are aged in oak but in used barrels to avoid an overpowering oak taste.
The winemaker is often present at the tasting-room in Murphys to answer all questions as to the wines and winemaking.
The winery in Valley Springs is essentially used for production and not open to the public but the tasting-room in Murphys is hosting hundreds of visitors everyday.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills at the gateway to Apple Hill, and is situated on what was once the old Pony Express Route and resides just 1/2 mile from the Smith Flat house. This region has a vibrant prospecting history, and is just a short distance from the gold mining towns of Coloma and Sutter's Mill.
The Sierra Nevada foothills has been used for farming for well over 100 years. The Mediterranean climate of this area combining warm summer nights and hot summer days with free-draining volcanic soils is especially ideal for grape growing and allows us to produce the quality fruit needed for our complex, delicately-balanced and full-bodied wines.
As a small, family owned winery, Fenton Herriott is intimately involved in every part of the vintner process - vineyard and vine maintenance, grape crush, fermentation, barrel ageing, bottling, and packaging.
Founded in 1999, proprietors Sherrie and Elliot Graham purchased a picturesque 34-acre parcel of rolling hills and sprawling oak and pine trees. The property, which is a portion of the old Meyer’s Ranch, was bare with the exception of a historic barn, once a notable stopping point for miners to change horses en route to Placerville.