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Kari Jensen
 
July 25, 2017 | Kari Jensen

Your Guide to El Dorado Wine Country

So many wineries, so little time... It’s the classic wine lover's dilemma. Here to help — join me on a journey through El Dorado County’s wine region. Discover the top 6 must-visits and find out why they deserve a spot on your itinerary.

Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County is home to over 70 wineries and climbing its way up in the world of viticulture. Home to nearly 2,000 acres of vineyards, El Dorado terroir is as diverse as the wines. Sparked by the gold rush era, farmers discovered that the combination of the soil, weather, and altitude were, in fact, ideal for agriculture. Similar to the Bordeaux region, it didn’t take long before Syrah and other Rhône varietals proved to be a huge success. Today, to the advantage of the region's diverse climate, over 50 different varietals are harvested, enabling vintners to produce and sell a variety of regional wines.

With breathtaking views, friendly tasting rooms, and a wide range of award-winning wines, where do you begin? Well, to answer that, we have compiled our top 6 list aimed at making your next wine tasting itinerary a smashing success!

Let the countdown begin.

6. Iverson Vineyards & Winery

Iverson

Iverson Vineyards & Winery, located in Somerset, CA, is all about high-quality wine, barrel-to-barrel, with fewer than 3,000 cases a year. A true boutique winery, Iverson Winery specializes in the region's famed varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Barbera, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Smooth and soft on the palate, these wines are ready to drink with or without food, a sign of true quality. At Iverson, wine is believed to be a part of everyday life, enhancing the simple things like a cozy dinner with family and friends.

Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

5. Gwinllan Estate Winery

A ridge-top vineyard with 360-degree views of the scenic Sierra Foothills, the 2,318-foot elevation does wonders for viticulture. Fortunate to be able to grow a wide variety of varietals, Gwinllan Estate Winery has a wine suitable for everyone's palate. Enjoy an intimate setting and taste your way through hand-crafted California Champagne, three whites, five reds, a Rosé, and a Port.

Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

4. Sentivo Vineyards

A family business built with a strong emphasis on Italian heritage and passion; Sentivo Vineyard’s handcrafted wines are best enjoyed with the ones you love. Gather around the table, a glass of elegant Syrah in-hand and take in all of the amazing Fair Play scenery. Sentivo is Italian for “I felt” — this engaging wine tasting experience is sure to give you all the feels.

Hungry? You can place an order before your visit. Choose from Italian classics such as Gourmet Flatbreads, Charcuterie boards, cheese platters, and more.

Open Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

3. MV Winery

A small winery with international awards under its belt, MV Winery is known for its high-quality, low production wines. Full-bodied with complex and rich flavors that demand your attention, MV winery offers quite the lineup of big reds. From lush Syrahs, a bold Malbec to a spicy ZIn, owners John and Cindy Miller's winemaking skills demonstrate great passion and balance.

Stop by the Tasting Room Friday- Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

2. Saluti Cellars

A fantastic experience, a small footprint, and a huge heart: Saluti Cellars have it all. Pamper your senses with views of rolling vineyards, country chic B&B amenities, extraordinary wines, and a warm welcome from a menagerie of rescue animals (including Norman, the free-roaming Clydesdale.) Kick back on the porch with a glass of wine or take it on the go while exploring one of the many hiking trails. The complete package, guests are encouraged to make themselves at home, even if it’s just for the day.

Open Friday-Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

1. E16 Winery

They may be the new kids on the block, but that’s just one more reason to visit. Opening their brand new tasting room doors in the heart of Somerset, E16 Winery is the gem the Sierra Foothills have been waiting for. Expand your palate with renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, including their new label, Firefall, featuring local Fair Play AVA Rhône varietals. Soak in the El Dorado charm and experience the casual elegance of a private subterranean cave tasting. The distinct flavors of the wine and barrel room aromas alone will win you over.  

Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$10/person at the Front Tasting Room; $15/person for Private Cave Tastings (by appt. only)

 

Is there a winery we overlooked? Let us know in the comment section below.

Happy wine travels! Comment below and let us know some of your favorite El Dorado County favorites.

 

 

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@ Sep 26, 2017 at 11:20 PM
great post eminent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Russian River Valley, including their new mark, Firefall, highlighting neighborhood Fair Play AVA Rhône varietals. Absorb the El Dorado appeal and experience the easygoing polish of a private underground surrender tasting.

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