“Take a twisting road from Placerville…and you come to Holly's Hill Vineyards. Carrie Bendick had lived in Washington and Utah before returning to California, where her father, Tom Cooper, planted vineyards on the family property — and made her winemaker. Now Bendick and her husband, Josh, earn gold medals for their Rhône-style wines.” — Sunset Magazine
With Placerville as your base for wine tasting, tour the El Dorado Wine Country for breathtaking vistas, a wide diversity of award-winning wines, and discovery and delight around every bend. Our wineries are renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada. One of California’s oldest wine-producing areas, vineyards and wineries first flourished here during the Gold Rush era. El Dorado County wineries offer outstanding value, taste, and variety with frequent opportunities to meet the winemakers and owners.
You can take a break from tasting wine at one of the many fine restaurants on Main Street in the cute gold rush town of Placerville. Afterwards, continue exploring the wineries' diverse microclimates and high elevations. The area offers prime growing conditions, and the casual family-friendly tasting rooms mean that your kiddos — and often your dog, too — can tag along.