El Dorado Wines

Fair Play Appellation

Fair Play Appellation*

When you think of California Wines, The Napa Valley may comes to mind for many of us, but while El Dorado County may be known for whitewater rafting and outdoor adventures, it’s also known for some spectacular and unique wines.  Before your next visit with us, be sure to add wine tasting to your must-do list.

With over 6o local wineries, the El Dorado and Fair Play Appellations produce some of California’s most bold and diverse varietals.  Tucked into the scenic beauty of the Sierra Foothills, only an hour from Sacramento and about two hours from SF Bay and Tahoe, it’s an easy stop to incorporate into any day or weekend trip.

What makes the area special is the mountainous terroir, cool evenings and warm days.  If you love big, balanced Reds this is the region for you.  The Fair Play Appellation became its own appellation in 2001.  Boasting twenty family owned boutique wineries, the unique terrain, soil and elevations of 2500+ ft produce some of the best and most diverse Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah, Cabernet varietals in California.

The El Dorado Appellation resides between the 1200 and 3000ft elevation and offers a broad range of soils for over 50 varieties of grapes.  This is where you’ll find the Carson Road Wineries in Camino, Ca.  Popular to visitors for Apple Hill in the Fall, Camino also offers year-round tastings, wine events and entertainment and even freshly grown Christmas trees in the Winter.

Red or White, Cab, or Zinfandel the scenic mountain views, gorgeous tasting room décors, patios and park like settings make this region a unique treasure, ideal for day trip or weekend getaways, parties, weddings and picnics.

For more information about the El Dorado and Fair Play Wineries and to sign up for event notices; visit The El Dorado Winery Association.

Download a Map of the area (courtesy of El Dorado Winery Association).

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Gold Hill. Photo Credit: El Dorado County Visitors Aurthority/Gold Hill