Amador County, Sierra Foothills
Tucked away in the larger Amador County AVA, the small Fiddletown AVA is known for it's quality old growth Zinfandel as well as other Rhône varieties of Syrah and Grenache. The area’s grape growing history can be traced back to the mid 1800s when the population swelled with European settlers chasing the gold rush dream.
Once the gold dried up, many of the vineyards went away as well. It was not until the 1960’s that growers rediscovered the area, and in 1983 that Fiddletown was granted AVA status. Located high up in the California foothills just below the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the area is distinguished by hot days and cool evenings.
Most of the area’s vineyards are planted on west and south facing slopes a bit higher in elevation than most of Amador County. The low yielding vines tend to produce wines recognized as having more concentrated fruit-driven flavors and an elegant finish. We found Fiddletown Cellars and soon thereafter their 2011 Reserve Barbera was featured as a PLUS! selection in the Gold Wine Club.