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Amador County

Sierra Foothills

The Amador County wine region is part of the well known Sierra Foothills AVA. Amador County has two appellations; Shenandoah Valley and Fiddletown, both located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains east of California’s capital, Sacramento. This wine region is rugged and picturesque with most of the grapes planted at altitudes of 1200-2000ft.

The climate of hot sunny days and cool evenings help the grapes to retain the acidity necessary for balanced wines. Add to the climate soils rich in iron, decomposed granite with veins of sandy clay loam, and you get vines that put down deep and strong root systems. Many of those rugged vines that were planted back in the Gold Rush days are still producing ripe, robust Zinfandel for which the area has become famous.

In addition to Zinfandel the region also produces Italian favorites Sangiovese and Barbera, as well as Rhône Valley varieties such as Syrah and Viognier. All of these varietals have been featured in each of our six wine clubs over the years.