Ready to plan a California Wine Tour to the Sierra Foothills? Beautiful scenery, quiet country roads, and award-winning California wineries are yours to enjoy in this wine region.
During the mid-1800s the California Gold Rush
brought thousands of people to this area from all over the world. Some of those who flocked to the California gold fields from Europe brought grapes and planted them here. One of these grapes was Zinfandel.
Zinfandel has become the flagship wine of the Sierra Foothills. The soil in this part of California’s wine country is well suited for producing “BIG” Zinfandels. These Zinfandels are especially robust and full bodied. <
We love driving the 90 minutes or so from our home up into the Sierra Foothills to enjoy an uncrowded day taking in the fresh air, clear skies, and superb wines. It's a great place for a California Wine Tour and a great place to go wine tasting at some of the best California wineries.
There are more than 100 wineries in the Sierra Foothills waiting to welcome you to their wine tasting room. In addition to the many award-winning Zinfandels, the wineries offer high quality Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Ports, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Primitivo. Wine tasting is usually complimentary.
This is a California wine tasting experience that you do NOT want to miss. Visit our listings of mountain wineries by county soon to begin planning your California Wine tour into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Mountain Wineries of Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties Tuolumne County extends to the top of the Sierra Nevada’s Sonora Pass and includes half of Yosemite National Park, home of spectacular granite mountains and large waterfalls. Visit one of the most impressive sights in California and also take time to enjoy wine tasting in nearby Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.
Placer County Wineries are located in and around the town of Auburn. This region is noted for its fine Syrah and Italian varieties. After Prohibition, the wine industry died out in Placer County but has been enjoying a regrowth during recent years. Have fun wine tasting at some of these newer wineries.
If you are planning a wine tasting trip to the Sierra Foothills, consider staying at one of these fabulous California Bed and Breakfast Inns:
Foxes Inn of Sutter Creek
The Foxes Inn is a lovely Wine Country Bed and Breakfast located in Amador County. It's a charming place with great accommodations and friendly hosts.
Dunbar House is a wonderful bed and breakfast inn located in the historic town of Murphys in Calaveras County. You are within walking distance to wineries, restaurants, and charming shops.
If you are in Calaveras County Wine Country, plan to dine at V Restaurant and Bar.This is a great wine country restaurant. The food is fabulous and the service is great. Located in the charming town of Murphys, combine a wine tasting trip to Murphys with fine dining at V's. This is a restaurant that you will want to return to . . . often!
This El Dorado County restaurant features country French cuisine. It is located near Placeville. Spend a day wine tasting at the wonderful Fairplay and Placeville area wineries and then top of your day with a wonderful dinner at Zachary Jacques. The food is fantastic.