“Once beautiful but sleepy, this region is now beautiful but sophisticated. Good new restaurants are popping up in unexpected places. Even more strikingly, an influx of creative new winemakers has made the Gold Country one of the most fascinating wine regions in the West.” — Sunset Magazine
The Sierra Foothills encompasses many counties but to the casual wine taster, they don’t see political boundaries. A day trip of driving up and down highway 49 can have you crossing from El Dorado County to Amador County and possibly back again. In fact, Kehret in El Dorado’s south is just five miles from Sobon, located in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley. And Sobon is only a twenty-five minute drive from Holly's Hill.
Just outside of Plymouth you’ll find many wineries in both Shenandoah Valley and Fiddletown Viticultural Areas. The history there is similar to El Dorado. The gold rush brought people seeking gold and wineries popped up to help quench their thirst. D'Agostini Winery is the third oldest in the entire state and is now owned by the Sobon family. There, along with many of Amador’s wineries, Zinfandel is king. However Rhone varieties also do quite well with Terre Rouge often getting national attention.