El Dorado Wines
Our Sierra foothills range from 1,200 to 3,500 feet and hundreds of microclimates perfect for nearly 50 grape varieties. And all our artisan winemakers have a passion for experimenting and for this place. That's what sets El Dorado apart. Want to know what gives El Dorado wines their intense flavors and deep colors? Our mountain vineyards are on steep hillsides with warm summer days and cool night air. It's an environment that gives wines luscious fruit, an alluring balance, gentle tannins, and body and depth that valley floors just can't match.
Wines With Altitude
One of the wine world’s best kept secrets lies deep in the heart of El Dorado County in the Sierra foothills … Fair Play. Within an hours drive from Sacramento, you will find over 20 family-owned boutique wineries who take pride in their land, their wines, and their customers. Since becoming its own appellation in 2001, Fair Play has developed a reputation for high quality wine grapes that yield deeply flavorful, intense wines from an amazingly diverse range of grape varieties.
Discover Our Family Farms
Come enjoy the fruits of our Apple Hill℠ Growers any time of year! With our huge variety of apple and fruit farms, bake shops, wineries, a spa, flower gardens, wedding spots, berry farms, and Christmas tree farms … our winding roads and scenic beauty has been a popular destination for every member of the family since 1964. That’s over 50 years! We encourage you to make our little slice of heaven a part of your world. It’s a tradition you’ll cherish forever! Just pick your season
El Dorado County is one of the most diverse, beautiful places you’ll ever visit. Sierra scenery is nothing short of spectacular, spanning across more than 1800 square miles with elevations ranging from just a few feet to more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The 1848 discovery of gold in Coloma touched off the largest gold rush in history. Today we are much more than rustic mining towns and historic sites. We are a year-round vacation destination overflowing with outdoor adventure, a welcoming wine and agricultural scene, enriching family activities, and a proud Gold Rush history. Photo by Paul Cockrell/Visiteldorado.com
Fans of Fair Play Wines
In 2001, The Fair Play American Viticultural Area (AVA) was designated as one of the most unique grape-growing regions in the world, producing remarkably outstanding, ultra-premium wines at a great value Our sweeping elevations and remarkable landscapes produce wines with luscious fruit, alluring depth, unique personality and style.
Small Batch Spirits
Dry Diggings Distillery is located in beautiful El Dorado Hills, California. Our Northern California location is close to wineries, the gold country, Apple Hill, and the Sierra Mountains. We are a couple of minutes off of Highway 50 between Sacramento and Placerville on the way to either San Francisco or Lake Tahoe. Our distillery is focused on locally produced farm fruit, grains and wine for our vodka, whiskey, brandy and bourbon. We work with local farmers, vintners and breweries to craft spirits that represent our unique area. Our tasting room captures the gold rush era, and has many unique historical elements. We have tours, tastings and a variety of items for sale. As barrels age and more products become ready for bottles, our tasting room experience will change as well. Our tours take you through the production cycle from field to glass.