Foothill Wine & Wineries
Gold Country Wines
Sierra Foothills Wine Region has, for
many years, been California's best kept wine secret
-- but no longer! Thousands of visitors explore the
small and distinctive wineries of the Western
Sierra Foothills that specialize in full-bodied
reds and distinctive white wines including
The wines that really stand out here are the
deep, flavorful red wines. Zinfandel originated here, and most of the wineries make a
super tasty "Big" type of Zin. Likewise with Syrah and, increasingly, Petite
Syrah. Italian and Rhone varietals and blends
are bottled here as well, and have achieved
acclaim, here and in Europe and Asia.
Visit our winery
pages, and plan your visit to the scenic
foothills of California.
Check out the many wine
events that take place here, including wine
weekends, indvidual winery events, regional
festivals, and special wine tastings.
Recipes Featuring Wine
Our Foothill Kitchen offers recipes using wine, from soup to meat and poultry, desserts, and slow
cooker dishes. Try the latest entry: Chicken with Orange and Onion -- the recipe includes white wine. We suggest foothills favorites Sauvignon (Fumé) Blanc and Viognier.
Sierra Foothills Wine Region
As a growing number of wine grape species are
being grown, the wine region has grown. It now
stretches from Grass Valley and Nevada City -- to
the south -- through Eldorado
County where you'll find the small cities
of Placerville and Cameron Park, and the hamlet of
Fair Play, then south to Amador
County and its famous Shenendoah Valley --
near Plymouth, to Calaveras
County yet farther south. Here, the cities
are Murphys (wine-central for Calaveras), San
Andreas, and Angel's Camp. Most of the wineyards at
about an elevation of 1,500 feet.