he rich history of California agriculture and winemaking is evident everywhere. The winery, especially the historic structures on the property, represents a snapshot of time and place, and evokes a strong feeling of connection to the past. The high integrity level of the structures and surrounding vineyards encapsulates visitors into a time and place that was so very different from present day. Boeger Winery has a complimentary and reserve wine tasting daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Boeger Winery is only 45 minutes east of Sacramento.
More than a few small wineries have started in a garage, but we may be the only Winery to begin that way, move on to bigger and better quarters, and still be in a garage. Founded in 1980 in a small garage on the outskirts of town, in 1982 the Winery moved to its present location, the historic Miners Foundry Garage, on Spring St in downtown Nevada City. Remarkably, the Winery is located less than two blocks from where the original Nevada City Winery stood over a century ago.
The Winery was begun by Allan Haley, a Nevada County native with a European wine education and a dream of bringing winemaking back to our region. In 1880 there were over 300 acres of grapes in the County. In 1980 when the Winery opened there was one small vineyard, recently planted. Twenty years later there are again well over 300 acres of grapes and the wine industry is flourishing once more.
Born from a dream of producing the best wine in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, Betty and Bill Broll founded Broll Mountain Vineyards in 1998. When Betty and Bill first saw the 25 acres of rustic land perched on top of a mountain overlooking Murphys, they knew that with love and vision, they had found an amazing piece of property that could make their dream become reality. Dirt was carved out of the mountain. An old mine was closed off. New vines were planted. Beautiful new buildings with Tuscan influence were erected and pre-existing structures were modified. Mining artifacts from the California Gold Rush found on the property were put on display. Hundreds of olive trees and roses were planted, as well as other lush landscaping. What was once a small mountain vineyard in disrepair is now the lush Broll Mountain Vineyards of today that produces award-winning wines.
Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard is a small family owned winery located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Foothills in the southern part of El Dorado County . The winery & vineyard are located high on a ridge top within the "Fair Play" American Viticultural Area (AVA). The free-draining decomposed granite soils and the gentle afternoon breezes, combined with the abundance of warmth from the summer sun during the day and cool nights, produce the quality fruit that makes our delicately-balanced and full-bodied wines.
The winery & vineyard overlook the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range with spectacular views of the immediate area, and the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Tasting is conducted within the working winery and is nestled amongst the fine French and American oak wine barrels used to store and age Colibri Ridge Vineyards & Winery's wines.
Ken Deaver stoops his broad shoulders to uncork a bottle of Zinfandel, wearing his trade-
mark denims and cowboy hat, and you soon learn that Ken knows his wines. And his grapes.
As you look upon Deaver’s 300 acres you will see 140-year-old Zinfindel vines and eight acres of Mission vines, so called because they were brought from Mexico by the Jesuits and Franciscans. The Deaver mission vines were planted around 1854 by Ken Deaver's great grandfather John A. Davis.
Creating wines that honor the centuries old traditions starts in the vineyard. The decisions throughout the growing season build towards specific harvest goals for constructing our cellar worthy wines. Once picked, the juice is transformed into wine over the next 2 to 3 years through extended aging in selected small oak barrels. After bottling, the wine settles into its new environment for more aging, typically another 1 to 2 years. D.K Cellars commitment is to release the wines when they are ready and ONLY when they are ready to enjoy. Old world traditions, new world wines.
Avanguardia Wines is a small, ultra-boutique winery located in Nevada City. Avanguardia Wines is the the home of non-traditional blended wines, with 100% of their wines being proprietary blends crafted from 2-6 different grape varieties, many of which are Italian, and all of which are pretty much out of the mainstream here in California. The address provided is to their Grass Valley tasting room.
Gold Hill Vineyard was founded in 1980 by Hank Battjes.
Hank worked for 27 years as an electrical engineer at GTE. During those years, Hank increased his knowledge of home wine making, applying it to his hobby and passion. Pursuing his dream he searched for suitable land and when a friend, Bruce, suggested 5 acres of vineyard on an 80 acre parcel near Coloma, California, he bought it.
The story begins in 2000. Like most very good, or very bad, ideas, this one began over beers in a bar. Bruce and Randy were in Atlanta. Randy told Bruce of his idea to develop a vineyard in the foothills of El Dorado county. Only months earlier, Bruce had been looking at property in the area for a completely different reason and knew of a parcel that might work for a vineyard project. Once back in California, they visited and walked the property. It seemed perfect. They planted 6 acres of Syrah with the initial intention of growing and selling grapes. The first harvest is traditionally a small - not enough tonnage to sell, but too much to let go to waste. They experimented and made wine for the first time. It became clear that it would be a lot more fun to make wine than grow grapes. The two self-educated themselves in the science and art of winemaking and produced their first vintage in 2004 under their local High View Vineyards label. Released in 2006, won a Gold Medal at a regional, a Bronze Medal at a national competition, and sold out. These two new winemakers have never looked back.