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El Dorado Wine Sierra Foothills, California

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As home to California’s highest altitude vineyards, El Dorado is also one of its oldest wine growing regions. When gold miners settled here in the late 1800s, many also planted vineyards and made wine to quench its local demand.

By 1870, El Dorado County, as part of the greater Sierra Foothills growing area, was among the largest wine producers in the state, behind only Los Angeles and Sonoma counties. 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 and grape growing was totally abandoned. But some of these vines still exist today and are the treasure chest of the Sierra Foothills as we know them.

El Dorado has a diverse terrain with elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 feet, creating countless mesoclimates for its vineyards. This diversity allows success with a wide range of grapes including whites like Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as for reds, Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, Barbera and especially, Zinfandel.

Soils tend to be fine-grained volcanic rock, shale and decomposed granite. Summer days are hot but nights are cool and the area typically gets ample precipitation in the form or rain or snow in the winter.

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  • Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2017  Front Label
    Rombauer El Dorado Twin Rivers Zinfandel 2017
    Zinfandel from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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    • Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
      Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc 2016
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          The Withers Mr. Burgess 2015
          Rhone Red Blends from El Dorado, Sierra Foothills, California
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