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Situated on rolling hills between 2,000-3,000 feet, the Fair Play AVA has the highest average elevation of any appellation in California. It provides winemakers with the epitome of mountain-grown fruit. Fair Play is entirely contained within the El Dorado and Sierra Foothills AVAs. Vignerons from here take full advantage of the low annual rainfall that forces roots deep into the loam soils, creating highly-concentrated, complex wines. The fruit exhibits remarkable natural acidity, due to cool nights in these high altitudes. There are approximately 350 acres of vines, with up to 200 more in the planning stage. There is growing interest here in Rhone and Italian varietals, alongside the ever popular Zinfandel. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards

    Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards produces the following five varietals; Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Syra...

  • Mount Aukum Winery

    Early in the winter of 2000/2001 three cousins from Texas, found a piece of land in El Dorado Co...

  • Oakstone Winery

    Oakstone Winery is one of the premium wineries of the Sierra Foothills, located in the heart of t...

  • Busby Cellars

    The Grahams’ dream of owning and operating a vineyard and winery was born in the early nineties, ...

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