wine barrels in Gold Hill Winery cavesAt the peak of the gold rush, the number of residents of the Gold Hill & Sierra Foothills areas exceeded the population of San Francisco. Some gold seekers found farming to be more lucrative than mining realizing that the combination of weather and soil yielded excellent crops. None other than the first person to discover gold in the American River, James Marshall, grew grapes in the 1860’s when there were already 3000 grape planted acres in El Dorado County, the largest producer of wine in California at the turn of the century.

The Coloma-Lotus Valley, and El Dorado County wineries are expanding with each year and are known for producing delicious and affordable, award winning wines.  The decomposed granite and well-drained, gravelly soil provide a terroir that is unique to this specific area and very different when compared to Napa’s clay soil. It is perfect for growing Bordeaux varietals. However, our unique microclimate doesn’t get too hot or too cold, which is perfect for many different grapes including French and Italian varietals. This up and coming wine region offers an array of experiences, tastes and bouquets for beginners to the wine world, or for the more experienced oenophile.

wine grapes in a Coloma area vineyardIn the same way the area produces different wines, a number of venues host an assortment of events including barrel tastings, food pairings, live music, concerts and dancing, and of course, weddings and special events.

California produces 90 percent of US wines and the US is the fourth largest producer in the world. Dozens of El Dorado County wineries, most of them family-owned, produce award-winning vintages. These include a number in the Coloma-Lotus area. Whether you are just getting off the river or taking a Sunday drive, make sure and visit one of our local tasting rooms soon! They will make you feel right at home, with award-winning wine, excellent and friendly customer service and breathtaking views! Cheers!

Visit and Taste at Coloma Valley Wineries

  • Hart 2 Hart Vineyards
    Everhart Cellars

    Come relax and enjoy premium wines in the beauty of terraced picnic grounds, shaded by heritage oaks, surrounded by vineyards, roses and lavender. Tasting room, gift shop, weddings & events and vacation home rental. 530-885-WINE (9463)

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    Adventure Connection

    Named by Sunset Magazine as one of the “Top Ten River Trips In The West” our Red Wine/Whitewater 2-day wine tasting/rafting adventure awaits you.  Call for info today! raftcalifornia.com (800) 556-6060

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    Gold Hill Vineyard and Brewery

    Premium wine & beer tasting, picnic area and two picturesque wedding facilities. goldhillvineyard.com 530-626-6522

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    Joses Wine Caves

    Joses Wine Caves makes great wines.  We invite your to explore this hidden jewel and enjoy spectacular panoramic views.  We offer estate produced wines and certified extra virgin olive oil.  Open Saturdays & Sundays 10am-5pm. 620 Prospectors Rd. Garden Valley, CA 95633 joseswinecaves.com

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    David Girard Vineyards

    DGV is committed to making elegant Rhone-inspired wines that express the unique qualities of our terroir. Visit our beautiful estate and let our friendly staff provide a memorable wine tasting experience. 530-295-1833

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    Rome Valley Vineyards

    RVV is focused on crafting premium products and making your association with us exclusive, personal and memorable.  We are open by appointment only for your convenience and invite you to “Be Our Guest”. In addition to private wine tasting, we offer a wedding & event center as well as over night accommodations to enhance your experience. romevalley.com (530) 295-9260

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    Dominic Mantei Wine Services

    Dominic Mantei Wine Services provides winemaking consulting for commercial wineries and for those interested in entering the business through custom crush.  Services offered throughout the Sierra Foothills and Sacramento Region. consulting@dominicmantei.com (530) 647-6842

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    American River Wine and Ag Trail

    Visit the American River Wine and Ag Trail to find the best wine, produce and farm products along the South Fork of the American River.  Like us on Facebook and watch us grow. arwat.beth@gmail.com

  • Bookshelf Wines - Beginning 2017, retail and wholesale wine sales. Internet and phone only. sheilafleege@gmail.com (530) 642-8409

Gold Hill Winery tasting room and vineyard