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Amador Wine Sierra Foothills, California

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As the lower part of the greater Sierra Foothills appellation, Amador is roughly a plateau whose vineyards grow at 1,200 to 2,000 feet in elevation. It is 100 miles east of both San Francisco and Napa Valley. Most of its wineries are in the oak-studded rolling hillsides of Shenandoah Valley or east in Fiddletown, where elevations are slightly higher.

The Sierra Foothills growing area was among the largest wine producers in the state during the gold rush of the late 1800s. The local wine industry enjoyed great success until just after the turn of the century when fortune-seekers moved elsewhere and its population diminished. With Prohibition, winemaking was totally abandoned, along with its vineyards. But some of these, especially Zinfandel, still remain and are the treasure chest of the Sierra Foothills as we know them.

Most Amador vines are planted in volcanic soils derived primarily from sandy clay loam and decomposed granite. Summer days are hot but nighttime temperatures typically drop 30 degrees and the humidity is low, making this an ideal environment for grape growing. Because there is adequate rain throughout the year and even snow in the winter, dry farming is possible.

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  • Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port Front Label
    Terra d'Oro Zinfandel Port
    Port from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
      Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel 2017
      Zinfandel from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Keplinger Sumo 2014 Front Label
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        Other Red Blends from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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        Terra d'Oro Barbera 2017
        Barbera from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
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      • Keplinger Sumo 2015 Front Label
        Keplinger Sumo 2015
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