Gold Country California Visitor Information

Sierra Foothill Wine Region

Sierra Foothills – Beautiful scenery pairs well with a glass of wine.

Famous attractions like Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe offer breathtaking examples of our state’s natural abundance, while just a short drive away, local vineyards in the Sierra Foothills serve up wines of abundant flavor and variety. The epicenter of the California Gold Rush, this area attracted thousands of immigrants who sought fortune in the mines—and left their vines in the soil. Ghost towns still dot the area, serving as reminders of the Wild West.

  • Amador County– Amador is old vine country; nearly 600 acres of the county’s vines are at least 60 years old, while several vineyards date to the 19th century. Nestled in the heart of Gold Country, this region is known for its rich history and rich reds.
  • Calaveras County – Mark Twain gave Calaveras County its claim to fame with his bestselling story “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this famous Gold Rush location still maintains its 19th-century charm, including Murphy’s Historic Hotel, in operation since 1856. Twain was just one of its famous guests.
  • El Dorado County – El Dorado sits at the north end of California’s famed Mother Lode, the 120-mile gold vein discovered in the late 1840’s which became the site of the Gold Rush. Today, the region is better known for its visitor attractions, agriculture, and old-vine Zinfandel.
  • Nevada County – Named a decade before the state directly to its east, Nevada County is part of California’s historic Gold Country. Visitors today can relive another era on the historic Nevada County Railroad, experience fresh powder at Sugar Bowl Resort, or discover the region’s reemerging wine culture.
  • Placer County – Winemaking came to Placer County the same year gold was discovered in the area: 1848. Many miners became vintners as the region slowly transformed from Gold Country to farmland. The county is also home to Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America and a world class skiing destination.

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