Favorite Amador Area Wineries

Oct 27th, 2008, 07:40 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 138
Favorite Amador Area Wineries

I've printed out this Amador map of 30 wineries but now I'm wondering which 1 or 2 we should see. I'm the one who's looking more for scenery than wine.

Which places would you suggest?

Any of these have restaurants?

Or would you recommend eating somewhere else and just drive thru this area?

Sure need your ideas.
Dolores is offline  
Oct 27th, 2008, 07:51 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,854
Is there a particular wine you enjoy more than others? Amador is known for Zinfandels but there is a variety. Do you have an idea of what kinds of wines you'd like to taste?
Suzie is offline  
Oct 27th, 2008, 01:24 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,830
The Story Vineyard has a nice deck with a view outside their tasing room and Amador Foothill Winery has some great views. Further way, try Granite Springs near Placerville. At Shenandoah Vineyards in Amador you get some nice views and one of the better gift shops in the area.
boom_boom is offline  
Oct 27th, 2008, 01:42 PM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 138
Would any of these wineries have lodging also?
Dolores is offline  
Oct 27th, 2008, 01:45 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 138
Suzie:

Sweet wines but then I understand that's not how a serious wine drinker would reply. AND at $25 a pop, I'll take Coke probably.
Dolores is offline  
Oct 27th, 2008, 09:35 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 65,779
none of them have restaurants (not allowed by county regs and the vintner association rules)

Deaver runs a B&B right next door
http://www.amadorharvestinn.com/
http://www.deavervineyard.com/

There are a couple of good places to eat in Plymouth

As for which wineries to visit - it really depends on what day of the week you are in the area. Some are only open on weekends or sometimes by appointment on weekdays.

Sobon is always good because of the history and an attached museum. http://www.sobonwine.com/

Dobra Zemlja is a good one place w/ good views across the fields. http://www.dobraz.com/

But honestly - as you loop around Shenandoah and Shenandoah School roads you will see one vineyard after another after another. Every few yards in some places, every 1/4 of a mile in others. You will not lack for scenery or tasting rooms. Don't over-think it too much. Once you get there you will see the entire loop is like driving through one enormous vineyard. Every little side road will have multiple signs pointing to other wineries not on the two main roads.
janisj is offline  
Oct 28th, 2008, 08:22 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 204
I will give you what I consider to be the five best wineries as far as a broad tasting experience at each winery. They are:Villa Toscana, Bella Piazza, Bray, Cooper and Sobon. Each of these wineries pour a wide range of varietals.As far as lodging look into Sutter Creek which is only about ten miles from Plymouth. There are many B&Bs and several good restaurants.
twelveoaks is offline  
Oct 28th, 2008, 08:56 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 65,779
I personally wouldn't recommend either Villa Toscana or Bella Piazza. They are bigger, more commercial sister properties. More like the "popular" Napa wineries w/ fancy gift shops, wedding venues, and such. They aren't very representative of the smaller, family run wineries in the area. They certainly aren't terrible, but if you stop by some of the smaller places you might end up talking w/ the vintner him/herself instead of marketing staff.
janisj is offline  
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:58 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 9,454
Deavers also have the Amador Flower Farm. A nursery for day lilies. Pretty impressive and fun, if you are into flowers

MY
MichelleY is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
otherfootloose
United States
34
Nov 18th, 2014 07:01 PM
tampatiger
United States
7
Jul 21st, 2008 07:03 PM
PrincessOfPenguins
Africa & the Middle East
7
Aug 28th, 2007 07:21 AM
JennyP
United States
8
May 27th, 2006 12:47 PM
LauJas
United States
14
Sep 5th, 2003 04:54 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:15 AM.