Wineries of the Sierra Foothills

Risk-Takers And Rule Breakers!

John put his kids and suitcases and a 15 gallon drum of fermenting wine into his Chevy and drove from Ohio to the Sierra Foothills. That’s the kind of passion for wine-making and risk-taking behavior that characterize the 250 wineries in this part of California. Preceding the most complete guide ever to wineries in the 10 Sierra Foothills counties are 21 compelling “why we did it” stories.

Critics are saying...

“An enriching book that highlights the triumphs and struggles of starting a winery….this book is a great way to learn more about this special winemaking region.”
Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Author-Call of the Vine, Distinguished Professor of Wine & Management, Sonoma State University, CA

“​Finally a book about the wines and winemakers of the Sierra Foothills…long overdue … the willingness to push boundaries by trying new things is one of the reasons the Sierra Foothills is one of the most exciting wine regions today.”
Cyril Penn, Editor, Wine Business Monthly Magazine

'Risk-Takers & Rule-Breakers' is an apt subtitle for Barbara Keck's affectionate and concise "Wineries of the Sierra Foothills." … the region is home to a surprisingly broad and assured range of grape varieties and wine styles.”
Mike Dunne, Wine Writer, Wine Judge, Contributing Wine Columnist for The Sacramento Bee

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Amador County

Amador360 Tasting Room
18590 Hwy 49
Plymouth, CA 95669
Andis Wines
11000 Shenandoah Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
C.G. DiArie Tasting Room
19919 Shenandoah School Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
Shenandoah Vineyards Tasting Room
12300 Steiner Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
Sobon Wine
14430 Shenandoah Rd
Plymouth, CA 95669
Vino Noceto
11011 Shenandoah Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669
Baiocchi Wines & Vineyards Tasting Room
82 Main St.
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
Miller Wine Works
33 Main St
Sutter Creek, CA 95685
Yorba Wines Tasting Room
51 Hanford St.
Sutter Creek, CA 95685

Calaveras County

Bodega del Sur Tasting Room
457 Algiers St.
Murphys, CA 95247
Frog’s Tooth Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room
380 Main St. Suite 5
Murphys, CA 95247
Sustenance Books
416 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
Twisted Oak Winery Tasting Room
363 Main St.
Murphys, CA 95247
Twisted Oak Winery
4280 Red Hill Rd
Vallecito, CA 95251

El Dorado County

Crystal Basin Cellars & Bistro
3550 Carson Rd.
Camino, CA 95709
Madroña Vineyards
2560 High Hill Rd.
Camino, CA 95709
Skinner Vineyards
8054 Fair Play Rd.
Somerset, CA 95684
C.G. DiArie Winery
5200 Di Arie Rd.
Mt. Aukum, CA 95656
Boeger Winery
1709 Carson Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667
Sierra Vista Vineyards & Winery
4560 Cabernet Wy.
Placerville, CA 95667

Madera County

Westrbrook Wine Farm
49610 House Ranch Rd.
O’Neals, CA 93645

Nevada County

Montoliva Vineyard & Winery
15629 Mt. Olive Rd.
Chicago Park, CA 95945
Avanguardia Wines Tasting Room
209 West Main St.
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Solune WineGrowers
16303 Jewett Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Avanguardia Wines
13028 Jones Bar Rd.
Nevada City, CA 95959

Placer County

Lone Buffalo Vineyards
7505 Wise Rd.
Auburn, CA 95603
Mt. Vernon Winery
10850 Mt. Vernon Rd.
Auburn, CA 95603
Viña Castellano Vineyard and Winery
4590 Bell Rd.
Auburn, CA 95603
Tahoe House Gourmet
625 West Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145