1850 Wine Cellars
Proudly offering high-quality wines while honoring the viticultural history of California
Founded in the Gold Country hillsides of El Dorado County, 1850 Wine Cellars pays homage to the early settlers and wine pioneers of California. Back in 1850, the Gold Rush was in full swing and people from nearly every continent were coming to stake their claim in California – hoping to build a new life and legacy for their families. Fortunately for us, many of these settlers and pioneers came from cultures where wine played an integral part of their daily lives so they brought with them various vine clippings to plant around their new California homes. Whether these clippings were secretly packed into their suitcases or sewn into the linings of their clothes, it was clear how important it was to have wines from their homeland. Mataró from Portugal was brought here by early Portuguese settlers, while Cabernet Sauvignon made its way from France early in our state’s history. These varietals, along with so many others, found early success in the Gold Country hillsides of El Dorado, Amador and Fairplay. 1850 Wine Cellars hopes to honor the spirit of these early viticultural pioneers by crafting wines from these rich hillsides and sharing them with friends and families.
The winery was founded by a small group of friends and former restaurant owners who shared a strong desire to be a part of modern wine history. They hired winemaker Mica Raas to oversee production, and released their first wines this year. Mica Raas has extensive winemaking experience with stints working in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Cruz and Lodi before also establishing his own cooperative wine production facility and starting his namesake label, Myka Cellars. His wines have garnered extensive praise over the years and many of the 1850 Cellars wines have already earned medals and high ratings from top industry competitions and periodicals.
1850 Wine Cellars’ Tasting Room is ideally located in downtown Sutter Creek (Amador County), a quaint historical town with a wonderful balance of old and new, maintaining its Gold Rush façade while catering to the wants and needs of visitors with its shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and world-class wineries.
We are happy to offer this selection from 1850 Wine Cellars, while proudly honoring the viticultural history of this great state. Cheers!