Shenandoah Valley Wine

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The unique Zinfandel grapes of California's Shenandoah Valley rescued this area from obscurity in the wine world. First settled during the Gold Rush by a group from Virginia, the valley produced wine in the late 1800s, but it did not experience a wine boom until well into the 20th century. During the 1960s and 1970s, most of the grapes were sold to jug wine producers. The first steps towards creating an individual identity began in the late 1970’s, when Sutter Home Winery began using the Shenandoah’s distinctive, heavy and jammy Zinfandel grapes to make a regionally-labeled wine. This put the Valley back on the wine map and in January, 1983, it gained appellation status. The AVA, which spreads into portions of Amador and El Dorado counties, encompasses 10,000 acres, with over 2,000 acres under vine. There are now 16 local wineries, while many of the large California producers continue to access Shenandoah Valley grapes on contract. Of course, the dominant and most highly-regarded grape here is Zinfandel 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...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Shenandoah Valley View all

  • Villa Toscano Winery & Bistro

    The wines produced from the vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley are renowned for their deep fruit ...

  • TKC Winery

    TKC Vineyards is nestled in the heart of the quiet Amador County wine country, renowned for some ...

  • Traverso Wines

    Our wine reflects a carefully balanced blend of modern wine-making techniques with the artistry, ...

  • Kendric Vineyards

    Kendric Vineyards is a small vigneron's operation. We make Pinot Noir from our vineyard in Marin...

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