Amador County Wine


Amador County, in the Sierra Foothills district of California, is named for mid-1840s ranch-owner Jose Maria Amador, who set up some of the first encampments and towns there during the gold rush. It’s the gold rush settlers who are responsible for establishing what eventually became a thriving wine community. Before they arrived, the only wine grapes grown in the region were the Mission grapes, originally planted by Franciscan friars for religious ceremonial purposes. Zinfandel vines came to the west by way of Massachusetts (and we now know for certain, via Italy) by the 1840s. They were originally intended only for table grapes, but it was discovered that they made excellent wines, were well-suited to the climate and took a minimum amount of effort and equipment to grow. Gold-miners liked to drink, so Zinfandel was planted in abundance to keep supplies flowing. 
The Phylloxera louse crisis ruined many of the early California plantings, but Amador County’s isolation Read more »

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  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Wine Tree Farm

    Wine Tree farm is located on 100+ acres in Amador County, on one of the historic farms, known as ...

  • Santino

    Surrounded by some of America’s oldest Zinfandel vineyards, Renwood Winery is located in the pict...

  • Karly Wines

    Like fine cooking, wine can be no better than the ingredients. Wine grape growing in Amador Count...

  • Drytown Cellars

    Drytown Cellars is not an “unfortunate” name for a winery! —It’s toponymous! Drytown was never “d...

  • Tanis Vineyards

    Tanis Vineyards is located in Amador County just below the Shenandoah Foothills. We are a very sm...

  • Andis Wines (Plymouth, CA)

    Andis Wines is an attempt at something new in the Sierra Foothills, to be among the finest and ...

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  • Sobon Estate Primitivo Amador 2016


    Wow, a lot of light coming through the garnet in the glass. Stone fruit on the nose with some mustiness. Plum on the tongue. Quite thin-bodied. Again, some mustiness under the rear palate. A tad sour and a tad hot, but it's an OK wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • He's baaaaack.I've passed on the Pato bottlings for no reason other ... not realize that Pato was in Amador County,  As much as I try to like Amador Zins, it just hasn't happened.  I find that I enjoy Sonoma County Zins to the extent that I'm not interested in other ones.Yes, I'm turning into a cranky old ma Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • No sooner than the Fedex driver dropped off our fall Bedrock allocation their ... ... (x2)2017 Esola Zinfandel Amador County  (x2)2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Contra Costa County  (x2)2017 Judge Sauvignon Blanc Bennett Valley  (x2)2017 Old Vine Zinfandel California  (x5)2017 Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Riesling Cienega Valley (x2) &nbs Read More

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  • Easton Amador County Zinfandel 2012


    Unfortunately I thought this was a 2013 and waited to long. It is just over the hump, but it still shows fine character with briary blackberry, red plum, Anador dirt, oak and still big but slightly flabby body. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Easton Amador County Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by effell

  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... Rosé of Tempranillo Amador County 1x 2014 Hirsch Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (reload)2x 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off to WineBid to pick up some recent iwnnings but on the way Instopped at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar to visit my good fr... Read More

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  • Ah, the Campesino wines.  I am on the mailing list but I have not ... ... before :the pink stuff) from Amador County that would age very well.Generally I won't buy unless I think I'll get 7-10 years from my zin. I look for fruit and balance, no hot alcohol finish and tread lightly if the alcohol goes much over 14.5 -15% (continue further on th... Read More

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  • Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel Amador County 2014


    Sharp, spicy and zesty on the nose with creamy vanilla spice and fruit notes of raspberry and cherry. Much darker on the palate with black cherry and blackberry fruit and milk chocolate and cinnamon coming in towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Bella Grace Vineyards Montagnaro Amador County 2013


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    Wine review by bobvree

  • Bella Grace Vineyards Montagnaro Amador County 2013


    Creamy and inviting aromas of raspberry, savory cherry and cranberry with black pepper and sweet spice. Clean and red fruited palate of red currant, cranberry and strawberry with chunky tannins and a top note of smoke that continues into the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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  • Amador is one of my favorite appelations. The Zinfandels are big, jammy and full bodied and the Shenandoah valley is home to some of the oldest Zin vines in CA! In particular, Karmere, Dobra Zemja, Renwood, Karly, Amador Vineyards, C.G. De Arie and Montevnia stand out! Sutter Creek is a great place to visit, as is Amador City! It's the Gold coun...

    Comment by 366897Da Wine Dog 366897 Da Wine Dog

  • Can someone point me to their top 3 favorite Zinfandels in this region? Thanks.

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