The foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are full of riches. From the 49ers, those original silver and gold miners of the last century to today's vinous pioneers, these rolling hills have contributed to California's colorful history.

While the hills proved a picturesque challenge to the miners, their gently rolling undulations provide winemakers with a variety of soils and elevations that are key to moderating some of the effects California's warm climate may have on wines and the ability to grow world class grapes. This wonderful variety not only makes this region a first class tourist attraction but it also allows pioneering winemakers to produce great wines from a variety of grapes that is unmatched in this country!