Thanks to early settlers, some of California's oldest vineyards are in Amador County. Snuggled mostly in the Shenandoah Valley, northeast of Plymouth, wineries reflect the continued focus on utilizing natureís assets for a commercial economy.
Mostly family operations built on self-reliance and hard work, the countyís 30 plus wineries grow more than 2,700 acres of grapes and produce some of the best zinfandels in America. Amador's production of intensely flavored red wines can be attributed to its high percentage of old vines. About 600 acres of the countyís vines are at least 60-years old. Several vineyards date to the 19th century. Combining such impressive facts with Amadorís favorable climate, where temperatures can drop 35 degrees in the evening when breezes cascade from the Sierra, make Amador a vintnerís paradise.
Visiting Amador wineries amidst the areaís rolling hills and seeming perfectly shaped oak trees is a unique and unpretentious experience. With views across peaceful valleys, views of winding river canyons, and views of the awesome Sierra, there is no such thing as a bad seat at an Amador winery. Wineries reflect the simple and humble character of Amador County, a character rooted deep in history. No elitism here, just a laid back and relaxing approach that enables visitors to enjoy the wine, history, and hospitality of some of the finest wineries in America.
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