El Dorado Wine

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This is Gold Rush country...home of the Mother Lode! But these days, this storied region is cashing in on a new crop. This appellation seems to be the new promised land for aspiring California wine makers. The fortunes of this unique AVA are dictated by its elevation, with allowable vineyard land situated between 1,200-3,500 feet. Vineyards above 2,000-feet, resting on high-acid, magma-based soils, enjoy four distinct seasons. Rising above the fog line, El Dorado experiences eastern breezes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which force hot daytime air into the valley below. Land remains affordable and provides all of the attributes for successful grape cultivation. By far the most planted grape in this region is Zinfandel, however, the more profitable Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are both gaining ground, and the wineries that call this appellation home are now experimenting with classic Rhone varietals as well. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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Varietals Produced in El Dorado View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • High View Vineyards

    In 2000, the Knutzons and Giniers joined together to pursue their vision of developing a vineyard...

  • Perry Creek Vineyards

    The winery's 40 acres of premium vineyards are located in Fair Play Appellation. Decomposed gr...

  • Lava Cap Winery

    Lava Cap Winery is a family owned and operated winery in the beautiful Sierra Foothills of Califo...

  • Due Vigne

    Due Vigne di Famiglia is a family-owned winery dedicated to growing the finest quality Cabernet S...

  • Procissi Cellar

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  • Holly's Hill Vineyards

    Holly's Hill is completely focused on producing Rhone varietal wines. In fact, the estate vineyar...

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