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Are you ready to discover the wines of Amador County?

The setting is just right: rolling hillsides, rustics vistas and scenic, sun-drenched vineyards. And the wine is award-winning, too.

If you’re a fan of reds with an exclamation point at the end, then you’re in luck. The region is known for its robust and flavorful Zinfandel, Barbera and Rhône.

Here are five wineries that you don’t want to leave off your wine-tinerary!

 

Jeff Runquist Wines

The wines here share a theme of fresh fruit or flavors inherent to the grapes used to make them.

The winemakers prefer to use grapes with powerful flavors and exclude the overbearing residual accents of astringent tannins. Instead, wine lovers will enjoy the soft and tender tastes of mature tannins with each pour.

The fruit-forward wines are characterized by rich aromas and flavors and are made in small oak barrels.

If you’re seeking a wine that’s packed with character, flavor and a fruit-centric personality, this is the place to go.

 

Renwood Winery

First off, this winery is picturesque and surrounded by rolling hills and gushing streams of California’s Gold Country.

Renwood specializes in Zinfandel made from older vines. The lineup of wines also includes “complex” Syrahs, “sensational” Barberas and others that are equally attractive to the senses.

The welcoming winery is open seven days a week and offers a variety of cheese, gourmet food pairings, deli sandwiches and other treats. The wide menu of food offerings aligns with the winery’s philosophy that wine ought to be enjoyed in the company of friends and family, and not just on special occasions.

 

Cooper Vineyards

This winery’s history stretches across five generations of winemakers.

The hand-crafted wines number more than 20 and sell out within months of their release dates.

Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, the winery grows more than 17 varietals to produce its portfolio of desserts wines, traditional reds and whites, blends and seasonal offerings.

The tasting room is located in Plymouth in historic Shenandoah Valley, which is renowned for its fine winemaking.

The family-owned ranch will take your breath away with its stunning views, award-winning wines and tasting room, where gracious hospitality awaits.

 

Sobon Estate

The Sobon Estate winery started in 1989 after Leon and Shirley Sobon bought each other a second winery for their 30th wedding anniversary. They acquired the historic D’Agostini Winery, which is a historic landmark and one of the oldest in California.

The site wasn’t just chosen for its historic significance, but also for its capable vineyards.

The couple retained the old vine Zinfandel and replanted other vineyards for its estate wines. The lineup includes Rhône varietals, vineyard Zinfandels and dessert wines.

Because of its location in the highest elevations in the Shenandoah Valley, the vines are carefully selected to vibe with the micro-climates and soils of the region, making for an incredible final product.

 

Andis Wines

If you’re looking for a modern tasting room with amazing views, Andis Wines is your go-to place.

The updated feel matches up with the winery’s modern wine-making techniques. It uses oak alternatives and concrete tanks to produce its wines, which include Old Vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Malbec, Barbera and more.

If you go with a larger group, ask about the wine tour. And don’t forget to bring an appetite, as Andis Wines is a frequent stop for food trucks.

 

Here is an A-Z map of wineries in Amador County.

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