Our home base for the Shenandoah School Wine Trail is the town of Sutter Creek. From Sutter Creek take Highway 49 towards Plymouth. Once in Plymouth, take a right turn off Highway 49 onto Shenandoah Road. In about one mile, watch for Shenandoah School Road. on the right. This road forms a loop back to Shenandoah Road.
Top Wineries on Shenandoah School Wine Trail
- Wilderotter – Jay Wilderotter does the growing and winemaking
- C.G. DiArie Vineyards – Zinfandel Elegance
- Terra d’Oro Winery – A wonderous selection of Zinfandel
- Cooper Vineyards – Delicious italian varietals
- Karmere – Estate wines, great Syrah and Barbera
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours
The very first winery is Wilderotter Vineyards, located to the right just after turning onto Shenandoah School Road. The tasting room is quite cozy and decorated with local artists’ paintings. Jay Wilderotter is the owner and winemaker. Jay had been selling his grapes to local wineries but in 2003 decided to produce his own wines. In his first year, Jay produced 650 cases of wine and plans to double that for next year’s production. Available now are a 2002 Zinfandel and Syrah, and a 2003 Viognier and Roussanne. The Syrah is delicious.
The tasting room is open Friday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5
(209) 245-6016, e-mail: none, Go to website
C.G. DiAire Vineyards and Winery
C.G. Di Arie winery is located in Amador County way up in the distance Mount Aukum roads. When the Kelson Creek Winery closed its door, C.G. Di Arie took the opportunity to take over the facility so it could open a tasting room closer to the main wine trails of the Shenandoah Valley. Chaim Gur-Arieh is the owner and winemaker. He is also an inventor and scientist.The winery specializes in Zinfandel but also makes a very elegant Syrah and Barbera. One of the Zins made at C.G. Di Arie comes from the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in all of California. C.G. Di Arie winery is just a short distance up the road from Wilderotter Vineyards
The tasting room is open Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 4:30.
(209) 245-4700, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Go to website
Terra d’ Oro Winery Winery
The entrance to Terra d’ Oro Winery will be on the right as you continue your drive along Shenandoah School Road. Terra dâ€™Oro Winery is the largest winery on this wine trail, and the very first winery to start producing wines in the Sierra foothills after Prohibition. The first thing you will notice is a very big and modern winery building. The winery houses state-of-the- art winemaking equipment. The 64,000 sq ft winery produces many different varieties including several types of Italian varieties. One interesting wine is the SHR School House Road wine. The wine is a blend from 40 acres planted with 80% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sarah, and 7% Barbera. The grapes are fermented together.
Tasting room open daily, 11 to 4 pm
(209) 245-6942, e-mail: email@example.com Go to website
After Terra d’ Oro Winery, look for Cooper Vineyards on the left. The Cooper family has been growing grapes for years and is now producing some fantastic wines under the guidance of winemaker Rich Gilpin. The tasting room is Mediterranean style and displays some terrific views of vineyards. The tastings are set so that one can try a series of wines: a set of Zinfandels, Italian varietals, and Rhone type wines. All the wines are quite good, perhaps reflecting the care and feeding of the Cooper estate vineyards.
Tasting room is open Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5.
(209) 245-6181; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Go to website
Karmere Vineyards & Winery
Continue on Shenandoah School Road which reconnects with Shenandoah Road. Turn right onto Shenandoah Road and you will see the Karmere Winery. The winery has a new tasting room and winemaking structure. This is also a small production winery producing estate bottled wines. The owners, Todd Pickens and Marilyn Hoopes plan to produce up to 5000 cases per year. The wines are reasonably priced and very good. The Syrah is a winner. They also make a very fine Barbera wine.
Tasting room is open Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5.
(209) 245-6181; e-mail: email@example.com Go to website