Amador Wineries – Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

shenendoah-valley-wineries Our home base in the Sierra Foothills is the town of Sutter Creek. From Sutter Creek take Highway 49 towards Plymouth. If you are planning on a picnic lunch, a good place to buy your lunch is the Pokerville Market or the Amador Vintage deli in Plymouth. Once in Plymouth, take a right turn off Highway 49 onto Shenandoah Road. Check our wine road map for details. Sierra Winery Map

Top Wineries on the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

  • Domaine De La Terra Rouge – Rhone wine specialist + 4 Zinfandels
  • Vino Noceto – The Sangiovese specialists
  • Andis Winery – Open and spacious tasting room
  • Amador Cellars – Unique winery and tasting room facility
  • Renwood Winery – Zinfandel, and more Zinfandel
  • Shenandoah Winery – gift shop and best organic wines
  • Deaver Winery – Best picnic spot on a lake with a view of vineyards
  • Amador Foothill Winery – Best view, great wine values
  • Dobra Zemlja – a wonderful Croatian winery and winemaker

Dining and Lodging Recommendations

Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours

Domaine De La Terre Rouge Drive approximately 2.5 miles and look for Dickson Road on the left. Turn left and you will come to the winery in about a quarter of a mile. The winery began operation in the mid-1980s. This is a small family winery, but it produces two series of wines. The EASTON label features the more traditional California varietals, while the Terra Rouge label features their Rhone varietals. The winery is famous for its Syrah wines, producing four different labels. Try the Zinfandels, they are also excellent. The tasting room is new, having opened in the summer of 2002. Tasting room open Friday to Sunday, 11 to 4 pm (209) 245-4277, e-mail:, Go to Website

Vino Noceto Winery This is a cozy little winery specializing in Italian varietals. Sangiovese is made in several different styles, and they offer a side-by-side tasting of at least three of the Sangiovese wines. The winery has two Bocce courts and a comfortable picnic area overlooking their estate vineyards. Vino Noceto has a wide range of Italian wines to try. This is a small family-owned winery. Pack your lunch and have a game of Bocce. The Vino Noceto Winery is on Shenandoah Road just about a quarter of a mile past Dickson Road. Open daily 11 am to 4 pm. Weekends 11 am to 5 pm. (209) 245-6556, email:, Go to Website

Andis Winery This is one of the newer wineries in the Shenandoah Valley. The tasting room is open and spacious, with a fantastic view of the surrounding vineyards. The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon wines are terrific, as are all their red wines. This winery is very popular on weekends, so get there early to enjoy these delicious wines. The Andis Winery is almost directly across the road from Vino Noceto. Open Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 4:30 pm. (209) 245-6177, email:, Go to Website

Amador Cellars Just ahead on Shenandoah Road from Andis is Amador Cellars. You will spot the beautifully-designed winery on the left side of the road. The winery opened its doors in 2004 with this unique winery and tasting room. The facility is made of rice straw and concrete with two-foot thick walls. The design meshes beautifully with the countryside of vineyards and oak trees. The owner and winemaker is Larry Long. He and his wife Linda manage all the duties of the winery, producing 2000 cases of wine annually. They produce Zinfandel, Syrah, and Chardonnay, and some Sangiovese and Barbera. The tasting room imparts a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere for visitors. Tasting room open Friday thru Sunday, 12 to 5 pm (209) 245-6150. email:, Go to Website

Renwood Winery Continue on Shenandoah Road a short distance and turn left on Steiner Road. Look for Renwood Winery at about three-quarters of a mile on the left on Steiner. This winery oozes Zinfandel. It produces six varieties of Zinfandel plus a dessert Zinfandel made from grape juice squeezed from frozen grapes. Although Renwood is well recognized for the quality of its Zinfandels, it also produces other interesting wines. The winery has a very enticing outdoor area. You must buy from their deli, so no outside food or drinks. The tasting room is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm (209) 245-6979, e-mail: Go to Website

Shenandoah Vineyards Almost directly across the highway is Shenandoah Winery. Drive up the hill to this small family-owned winery. The scenery from the parking area is very beautiful, especially in the fall. The tasting room is new and spacious, with adjacent rooms with paintings and other goodies for sale. The wines made at Shenandoah are from organically grown vineyards. No irrigation takes place on these hillside vineyards. They make several varietals of wines including a variety they call Zingiovese. This wine is mainly Sangiovese with a blend of Zinfandel. The Sobon family owns this winery as well as the nearby Sobon Estate Winery and Vineyards. Don’t let the term organic fool you, these are very good and excellent tasting wines. Tasting Room is open daily from 10 to 5 pm (209) 245 4455, e-mail:, Go to Website

Deaver Winery Continue driving along Steiner Road. Deaver Winery will be on the left a short distance from Shenandoah Vineyards. This is a very small family winery with some interesting wines. They produce a dry white Zinfandel and a very good Zinfandel from century-old vineyards. They also make four varieties of port. This is a good spot for lunch. Pick out some lunch snacks at the winery and a chilled bottle of the Deaver Chardonnay or the Sauvignon Blanc. Then pick your spot on the winery’s spacious picnic grounds that edge along a very pretty lake. Lunch here can be very tranquil. The family also runs an inn that is adjacent to the winery. Tasting room open Daily 11:00 to 5:00 pm (209) 245-4099,, Go to Website

Amador Foothill Winery This winery is almost directly across the road from Deaver Winery on Steiner Road. Turn into the entrance road and drive up the hill to the Amador Foothill Winery. You will be treated to one of the best views in the valley. The Amador Foothill Winery makes three different Zinfandel wines. as well as a Syrah, and Sangiovese. We think all these wines are excellent values. Our favorite wine is a white wine, the Fume Blanc. It is a luscious and fruity wine, and a bargain at the price of $10. We found the winery staff to be very friendly and cordial. This winery is also a great choice for a picnic lunch. You can grab a bottle of the Fume and sit on the picnic table and take in the view of the valley below. Tasting room open noon to 5 pm, Friday thru Sunday (800)-778-WINE,, Go to Website

Dobra Zemlja This is a very fun winery to visit. It is owned by Milan and Victoria Matulich. Milan is the winemaker and you might see him around the cellars. You cannot miss his long white hair and a huge white mustache. Tasting is done in the cave. The wines are all big boys. Big, rich, and dynamic. If you like your reds big and bold, this is the place to be. Motto: No light-weight wines! To get to Dobra Zemlja continue your route on Steiner Road. It will come up quickly on the left side of the road. Watch for the signs. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm (209) 245-3183, email:, Go to Website

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