Amador County Wineries - Sipping On Your Favorite Merlot or Zin...
While Listening To The Winemaker
Tell His Story!

Okay... so are you ready to tour Northern California's Amador County wineries? Let's go!

The region's famous for Zinfandel, but they have other excellent varietals, too.

So there is something for everyone.

Amador County wine country

Generally small and less crowded, the wineries in Amador County produce more than 2,700 acres of grapes... making it a vintner’s paradise.

Snuggled mostly in California's Shenandoah Valley, many family-owned vineyards produce some of the best zins in America.

Many of the wineries invite you to meet and talk with the owner or winemaker.

That sounds like fun!

Imagine sipping a glass of your favorite Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Zin... while listening to the winemaker tell his story or... just gazing out at the rolling hills, peaceful valleys, winding river canyons, or taking in the views of the awesome Sierras.

Simple. Humble. Laid back.

But, even though the tasting rooms are generally less crowded... don't plan on it staying that way.

A casual, friendly environment with complimentary wine tastings is sure to attract attention... don't you think?.

So let's enjoy Amador County's hospitality and sip some of their award-winning wines, while picnicking under a grand old oak tree surrounded by vines.

Of some 40 plus Amador County wineries, according to Sac Wine Region, the following vintners offer complimentary tastings, picnic areas, and tours...

Now... even though the following wineries say they offer FREE complimentary wine tastings, picnic areas, and tours, it might be a good idea to call ahead and ask before going.

Afterall... things DO change.

Amador Cellars

11093 Shenandoah Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-6150

One of the most unique Amador County wineries... Amador Cellars is located in the heart of the County's lush - Shenandoah Valley.

The winery walls, made from rice straw bales housed in concrete, are 2 feet thick... and not only give the winery an old world charm, but contribute to keeping it at a consistent temperature.

Sitting on a knoll, it overlooks rolling vineyards in the shade of a stand of Valley Oak... a perfect spot for enjoying a picnic and fine wine.

Larry Long, the winemaker, says... A visit is worth a thousand words.

They're open daily: - 11:00am - 5:00pm
And by appointment: - by calling (209) 245-6150

The varietals they offer include...

  • Barbera
  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Mourvedre
  • Sangiovese,
  • Sauvignon Blanc,
  • Shiraz / Syrah,
  • Zinfandel

Mike L. from Sacramento, CA says...

The wine at Amador Cellars is very impressive! Tasty big red wines with huge mouthfeel, nice acidity and good balance.

The Zins are their specialty, a number of different styles including the classic spicy Amador Zin.

They also have Delicious Barbera, Syrah, and Sangiovese as well as a couple good blends!

Overall, a wonderful experience! Very friendly staff, this is a must stop!

Charles Spinetta Winery and Wildlife Art Gallery

12557 Steiner Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-3384

Another special Amador County Winery - Charles Spinetta - released their first three premium wines in 1984.

The tasting room of the Charles Spinetta Winery is beautifully done in warm woodsy colors and doubles as an art gallery for many talented California artists.

A very picturesque picnic area sits next to the winery with plenty of inviting tables to spend time enjoying your favorite purchases with a little food.

The Spinetta family has been part of the Sierra Foothill agricultural scene for generations.

Charles' grandfather produced wines east of Jackson, in Amador County, during the California gold rush up until prohibition.

Limiting production, from their vineyards, gives them time to make high quality red wines and luxurious sweet wines.

Wines from Charles Spinetta are NOT available through any stores or restaurants... only in their tasting room.

Opened - Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Opened - Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Closed - Tuesday & Wednesday

Winemaker Adam De Lange says the varietals they offer include...

  • Barbera
  • Black Muscat
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Heritage Red
  • Muscat
  • Orange Muscat
  • Petite Sirah
  • Port
  • Primitivo
  • Semi-Sweet Rosé
  • Tinta Madeira
  • White Zinfandel
  • Zinetta
  • Zinfandel

Jean L. from Antioch, CA says...

I like that Spinetta split up their tastings into dry and sweet wines.

That makes it so much easier for me since I always choose sweeter wines. After tasting Zinetta and the Orange Muscat, I bought 2 bottles of each to bring home.

I think they'll be my new found favorites. I thought the staff was very pleasant and I'll be back again for more.

Dobra Zemlja Winery

12505 Steiner Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-3183

Dobra Zemlja - pronounced dobra zem-ya - is Croatian for 'Good Earth'. The winery sits off the main road on extensively landscaped grounds with a picnic area under towering trees and views of a nearby pond and vineyards.

The tasting room is done in the hand-made wine cave found under the historic restored barn that dates back to the late 1800's.

The wine cave is the only cave of all the Amador County wineries.

It provides a perfect environment for storing wine barrels and tasting their wines.

So... enjoy a picnic lunch while sipping some wine; or just sit and listen to the birds - relaxing in the shaded picnic area.

Winemaker, Milan Matulich, brings his eastern European heritage to his wine style.

Tasting Room & Picnic Grounds are...

Open daily: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Their varietals include...

  • Barbera
  • House Blend
  • Late Harvest Syrah
  • Late-Harvest Zinfandel
  • Sangiovese
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Christopher M. from Malden, MA says...

I don't always drink porto, but when I do, I drink Dobra Zemlja Kikas.

Their late harvest Zinfandel is mouth-puckeringly delicious, and their Kikas (Croatian style port, pronounced 'Kick-Ass') is truly a kick ass wine.

Pair the Zinfandel with a slice of moist chocolate cake, and you can get any woman to fall in love with you.

Il Gioiello Winery / Morse Wines

22355 Lawrence Rd.
Fiddletown, CA 95629
(209) 245-3395

Another of the Amador County wineries... Il Gioiello Winery/Morse Wines started producing top quality wines at an affordable price.

Il Gioiella means 'the jewel' in Italian.

Their wines are designed with a decided European flare. With complex flavors and great acidity which are particularly evident in the Viognier.

Winery in Amador County California

They hand pick and triple-sort all of their grapes and many of their wines are also punched down by hand.

Winemaker, David Fenech, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in viticulture and enology.

Tasting Hours:

Saturdays and Sundays -- 11:00am - 5:00pm

So let's go see their Tuscan-inspired tasting room, and play a game of Bocce Ball!

If you're a club member already, you can email or call for court reservations!

David loves to tell you about their varietals, including...

  • Aglianico
  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • GSM Rhone Blend
  • Montepulciano
  • Mourvedre
  • Muscat
  • Petite Sirah
  • Rhone Blends
  • Roussanne
  • Sangiovese
  • Shiraz / Syrah,
  • Super Tuscan Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese
  • Viognier
  • White Rhone Blend Of Viognier and Roussanne
  • Zinfandel

Glenn A. of Richmond, CA says...

Morse wines are outstanding. This winery is way off the beaten track in the Amador county wineries region, but Robert Morse totally knows his stuff. It is only a matter of time before the word gets out.

Stonehouse Vineyards & Winery

10861 Shenandoah Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-6888

The Amador County wineries - Stonehouse Winery and tasting room is a large, modern facility that showcases a Thomas Kincade Gallery in addition to the estate wines.

There's, also, overnight accommodations at their Stonehouse Inn nestled in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley... right in the heart of California’s Gold Country.

Winemaker, Mitchell B. Shultz is a man of many talents.

He was a corporate pilot for Jeff Jackson, of Kendall Jackson when he learned of the Sierra Foothills' potential for producing great red wine grapes.

Prior to coming to Amador County... Mitchell and his wife operated a bakery and wine bar in Sonoma County... which they sold when they purchased the estate.

Open: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
They are closed for major holidays and special events.

Mitchell says their varietals include...

  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Port
  • Red Wine Blend Named "Mikayla's Cuvee"
  • Tempranillo
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Janel L. of Sacramento, CA says...

If you enjoy a good glass of Zin then you must check this place out.

My friend and I went on a mission to find a great Zin and after 8 wineries this one is hands down the best!!

Check it out!

Story Winery

10525 Bell Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-6208

Stepping back in time, this Amador County winery offers old-world charm and new-world wines.

Their 100+ year old wine tasting room - created from an old bunkhouse during the cowboy/miner days - overlooks their expansive picnic area shaded by century-old oaks and stunning views of the Cosumnes River Canyon.

The winery was opened in 1973 by Eugene Story, then later sold to the current owners, Bruce and Jan Tichenor, in 1992.

The views from the tasting room picnic area breathtaking.

On any given day, we’ll likely see a wide variety of wild life.

Like... birds of all sizes, deer, coyotes, lizards, snakes, cougars - and even an occasional bear -- a sighting is always a possibility.

So... bring a picnic, buy a bottle of Story Zin and enjoy an afternoon at Story Winery!

Their tasting room opens - 11:00am - 5:00pm daily

The winemaker is Kenny Stetson.

The varietals offered at Story Winery include:

Specializing In ‘Vineyard Designated Zinfandels’ and...

  • Barbera
  • California Champagne
  • Chardonnay
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Dry Rosé
  • Late-Harvest Zinfandel
  • Mission
  • Port
  • Primitivo
  • Raspberry Flavored Sparkling Wine
  • Sangiovese
  • White Zinfandel
  • Zinfandel

Mark G. of Sacramento, CA says...

Story sits on the side of the Consumnes River Canyon and offers a breathtaking view of the foothills. On sunny days they have tastings out on their deck, which is nice because the tasting room itself - situated in an old mining bunkhouse - is tiny.

Friendly staff, and great zins that tend not to be so much in the typical Amador style, but more of an "old world" style. Think Southern France.

I almost withheld a star until they bring back the Miss-Zin (Hellooo? I've been asking for years guys, don't make me beg) but, alas, I couldn't do it, they are just too damn nice.

Terra d'Oro Winery

20680 Shenandoah School Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-6942

This Amador County winery offers a beautiful shaded picnic area surrounded by vineyards. Weekend tours showcase their state-of-the-art winemaking facility.

Terra d’Oro Winery first released their wines in 1973 under the Montevina label. They were the first Amador County winery to produce wine since Prohibition ended.

They quickly earned a reputation for crafting robust, full-flavored red wines, Zinfandel and Barbera in particular.

Winemaker, Chris Leamy, - a California native - received his degree in Biological Sciences in 1991 from the University of California, Davis.

Chris joined Terra d’Oro Winery as Assistant Winemaker in 2000, honing his winemaking skills under the tutelage of then Winemaker Jeff Meyers.

Their tasting room opens - 10:00am - 4:30pm daily

Chris says the varietals they offer include...

  • Aglianico
  • Barbera
  • Freisa
  • Moscato
  • Pinot Grigio / Pinot Gris
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Teroldego
  • Zinfandel

Karen C. of Corona del Mar, CA says...

This was our favorite winery in the Amador County wineries region.

The tasting was great - given both the Terra d"Oro wines and the Montevino wines as well and the staff was friendly and knowledgable. There were a wide variety of wines to try and we enjoyed most of them - ended up buying quite a few.

Nice wines at good prices. There is also a beautiful, quiet area for picnics where we watched the hawks soar above us.

Terre Rouge & Easton Wines

10801 Dickson Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-4277

The tasting room of the Amador County winery of Terre Rouge & Easton Wines is done in a French Provencal farmhouse style... with lots of wood as well as tiled floors.

Next to the tasting room is a large, shady lawn area with tables, perfect for a picnic lunch.

So... when you visit the winery be sure to check out the fantastic friendly sales staff.

We understand they'll entertain and educate us about their wines, the wines of Amador County, and the wines of the world.

Winemaker, Bill Easton, has spent 30 years in all phases of the wine industry.

Opened: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

During September and October they’re open daily.

So... bring a picnic and enjoy their shaded patio, lawn and Pétanque Court.

In case you didn’t know... Petanque is extremely simple, just like horseshoes. There's a target, and you must get as close to it as possible.

The varietals they offer include...

  • Barbera
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Eau-De-Vie De Prune D'Agen
  • Grenache
  • Marsanne
  • Mourvedre
  • Muscat-A-Petits Grains
  • Roussanne
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Shiraz / Syrah
  • Viognier
  • Zinfandel

Gary E. of San Rafael, CA says...

Another of the "damn you!!!" vineyards of Northern California. I say this, because despite steeling myself, ordering myself to not spend money, reminding myself of my adult responsibilities, I generally walk out of here a lot poorer then when I walked in.

With this spot though, you get the best of both worlds - quality AND quantity. We're talking excellently priced, high calibre wines here, folks.

And nestled in the middle of the tasting room lurks their sale pile. For example, a case of 1999 Estate Cab for $199. (Normally $40 a bottle.) Which works out to... um, buy 5 get 7 free. Seek out their pocket buddies - little half bottles of velvety aged zin for $50 case on a good day.

To cap it off, tasting room manager Doug Bellamy knows his stuff. I mean, KNOWS his stuff. Remember that scene in City Slickers where Barry and Ira can pair ANY meal with their ice cream? Doug'll do the same thing with their tasty, tasty sauce.

An absolute must see in the heart of the Amador County wineries region, that's starting to make Napa and even Sonoma look bad...

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