Amador Wineries – Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail
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
- Borjon Winery – Mexican family from vineyards to winery owners
- Amador Cellars – Unique winery and tasting room facility
- Deaver Winery – Best picnic spot, lake with a view of vineyards
- Amador Foothill Winery – Best view, great wine values
- Rombauer Vineyards – Zinfandel wines from famous Amador vines
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
- See Amador Restaurants
- See Amador Lodging
- A very helpful book on the Sierra Foothill wine country: Pour Me Another: An Opinionated Guide to Gold Country Wines 2011
Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours
Terre Rouge and Easton Wines
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. Terre Rouge Easton 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 Easton Zinfandels; they are also excellent. The winery has a picnic area.
Vino Noceto Winery
Vino Noceto is a cozy little winery specializing in Italian varietals. The Italian grape Sangiovese is the emphasis at Vino Noceto. They produce several styles of Sangiovese. Try ones side by side. Do like Bocce, they have two courts in the tasting room picnic area. Pack a lunch and play Bocce while sipping delicious Vino Noceto wine. You will love this small and faimily-owned winery. The Vino Noceto Winery is on Shenandoah Road just about a quarter of a mile past Dickson Road
This is another success story of a Mexican immigrant with hard work ethics who has worked his way from vineyard worker to winery owner. The story of the Borjon Family began when Jesus and Nora Borjon migrated from Mexico to the Shenandoah Valley in the mid 1980’s. Jesus began as a farm worker in the vineyards, experiencing all the tasks of growing and caring for the vines. With his vineyard knowledge, Jesus and Nora established a vineyard management company. Fast forward to the present and their son Isy Borjon now runs the vineyard management company and has established the Borjon Winery. Borjon Winery has become one of our favorites stops along this wine route.
Andis is one of the newer wineries in the Shenandoah Valley. The architecture is very modern and stands out in the countryside. Some folks love it; others think it does not fit the environment. 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. There is a Bocce court. The Andis Winery is almost directly across the road from Vino Noceto.
Just ahead on Shenandoah Road from Andis is Amador Cellars. In contrast, Amador Cellars 2004 cellar fits perfectly into the countryside. It is modern but it looks like it belongs. The structure consists of rice straw and concrete with two-foot thick walls. What a great idea for insulation. 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.
Turn left on Steiner Road to Deaver Vineyards. What a spot this is! A beautiful pond along and picnic tables are a big attraction. It is such a tranquillity area. Deaver is a very small family winery with historic Old Vine Zinfandel. The Zin grapes date back to 1860. Deaver makes several Zinfandel wines along Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and sparkling wine. This a terrific spot for enjoying a picnic lunch. The tasting room does have picnic snacks just in case you forgot your lunch.,
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. The view is one of the best in these parts. The Amador Foothill Winery makes three different Zinfandel wines plus a Syrah, and Sangiovese. We think all these wines are excellent values. Our favorite wine is a white wine, the Sauvignon Blanc. It is a luscious and fruity wine and a bargain at the price of $14. We found the winery staff to be amiable and cordial. This winery is also an excellent choice for a picnic lunch.
Rombauer Vineyards – Sierra Foothills
Just a short distance is Rombauer. Yes, the same Rombauer of Napa Vally fame. Rombauer purchased the Renwood winery to the delight of many. Surrounded by tall trees and lush landscaping, our Sierra Foothills Tasting Room features spacious indoor and outdoor spaces, including a tasting bar, shaded patio, wine available by the glass or bottle, and a shady lawn ideal for tasting and picnicking. You’ll taste locally-sourced and produced Zinfandels from Rombauer’s estate and grower vineyards in the Sierra Foothills.