This trip is an easy 45 minute trip from the Sacramento area to the Shenandoah Valley wine region in the Sierra Foothills of Amador County. In just a few hours time, you can visit some very exciting and innovative wineries in this emerging wine country. We have listed three wineries but there are many to visit on Shenandoah Valley Road. Pick up a lunch in Plymouth at the Amador Vintage Market.
Quick trip to Shenandoah Valley
Paul J Wines – Paul Sobon has 40 years of winemaking
Vino Noceto – Great lineup of Italian Sangiovese
Andis Wines – Modern and open tasting room
A new winery, by Paul Sobon and his daughter Camille. Paul is the winemaker at Sobon Estate Vineyards and Shenandoah Vineyards. Paul has 40 years of winemaking experience. At Paul J Wines, the wines have a different spin than Paul’s wines at the two other wineries. The sparkling is a beautiful Rosé. The Sauvignon Blanc is floral but dry. In the reds, something very different is the Tannat. Tannat is grape seldom found in California vineyards. The Tannat is dry with big flavors. The winery has picnic tables and a Bocce court.
Tasting room is open Wednesday to Monday, 10:30 to 5 pm.
Paul J. Wines
Just a short distance from Paul J. Wines is the Vino Noceto winery. Vino Noceto is a cute and cozy small winery. Sangiovese vineyards surround the winery. Sangiovese is the winery’s focus. However, one must try the OGP Zinfandel. This Zinfandel comes from a nearby vineyard that dates back to1860. Vino Noceto is family-owned, and it is a good chance one of the family members will be in the tasting room. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the area.
Tasting room is open weekdays: 11 to 4 pm & weekends: 11 to 5 pm
Almost across the road from Vino Noceto is Andis Wine. Andis is a modern design wine cellar much different from the small and quaint neighboring wineries. The tasting room is spacious, with an open view of vineyards of the Shenandoah Valley. Two wines to try are the Semillion and the Sauvignon Blanc. They are delicious. In the red, anything Zinfandel is tops. There is a Bocce court at Andis in case you are inclined to have a game of Bocce while sipping wine.
Tasting room open daily 11 – 4:30 pm.