CALIFORNIA-Sierra Foothills


SIERRA FOOTHILLS IS  AVA.’S6     Counties7     @Plymouth

  • WHITE= Albariño, Arneis, Chardonnay, Fiano, Marsanne, Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Muscat Orange, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Giallo, Riesling, Roussanne, Picpoul Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Savagnin, Verdejo, Vermentino, Viognier
  • RED= Barbara, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Graciano, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Mission, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Petite Manseng, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Souzao, Tempranillo, Tourigo Nacional, Valdique, Zinfandel

GEOGRAPHY California(Central-Interior), REGION-Sierra Foothills

  • Western Foothills of Sierra Mountains, LATITUDE: 39.21° N
  • 40 Miles East of Napa, (160 Miles Long),  @Hw.#4/ 49/ 50
  • BETWEEN- Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
  • COUNTIES– Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolome, Yuba
  • Sub-Zones/ AVA.’s El Dorado AVA., Fairplay AVA., Fiddletown AVA., North Yuba AVA., Shenandoah Valley AVA., Sierra Foothills AVA.

TOPOGRAPHY Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous

  • SLOPES/ Sierra Nevada Mountains(West), +Alt.1,4000ft.-3,000ft.
  • **Refer to “CLIMATE/ Altitudes” For Additional Information.

SOILS Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Volcanic, Decomposed Granite

  • SOIL SERIES–   Ahwahnee Series

CLIMATE Continental With Mediterranean Influence, +Diurnal Shifts(+40°)

  • Summers– Hot, Dry   |   Winters– Rainy, Snow
  • CHALLENGES– Spring Frost, +WINDS/ Alpine

VITICULUTRE  2,600,000 ac./ 5,700 ac. Planted

  • CHALLENGES–  Spring Frosts, Extreme Heat +100°

HISTORY

  • 1848  @Sierra Foothills Gold RushGold Was Found at Sutter Creek.
    • During the 1850’s the Europeans Looking to Immigrate to America Came to California to Fulfill Their New World Dreams and Mine For Gold. Most of These Immigrants Were From Italy and Brought With Them Cutting From Their Homeland to Plant and Farm.


YUBA COUNTY     @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED= **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills, COUNTY-Yuba
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., BORDERS: Nevada County(South-East)
    • Sub-Zones/ AVA.’s- North Yuba AVA.
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In YUBA COUNTY Non-Conforming to an AVA.

NORTH YUBA AVA.     @Grass Valley

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA.(North), COUNTY– Yuba
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA.,  @Hw.#20,  LATITUDE: 37,48°- 39.21° ‘N’
    • Sub-Zones- Oregon House        Dobbins
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”

    • SLOPES/ Sierra Nevada Mountains, +Alt.1,500 ft.-2,000 ft.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Volcanic
  • CLIMATE- Continental With Mediterranean Influence
  • VITICULTURE-   ? ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers Renaissance
    • Vineyards- ?

NEVADA COUNTY*     @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED= **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA.(North), COUNTY-Nevada
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., @Hw.#49/ #80/ #89
    • BORDERS: California, Yuba County(North), Placer County(South)
    • Sub-Zones- Chicago Park, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In NEVADA COUNTY Non-Conforming to an AVA.
    • Estates/ Producers Avanguardia, Double Oak, Montoliva, Naggiar, Pruity(Nat.Pro.), Solune

PLACER COUNTY*       @Entire County 

  • WHITE=   |   RED=  **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-Placer

    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., @Hw.#80/ #89
    • BORDERS: Nevada Country(North), El Dorado County(South)
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In PLACER COUNTY Non-Conforming to an AVA.

EL DORADO COUNTY*      @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED=  **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-El Dorado

    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., @Hw.#49/ #50,
    • BORDERS: Placer Country(South), Amador County(North)
    • Sub-Zones- Apple Hill, Georgetown, Fair Play, Mt. Aukum, Placerville, Pleasant Valley
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountianous”, +Alt. 3,100 ft.
  • VINICULTURE- Wine Produced In El DORADO COUNTY Non-Conforming to an AVA.
    • Estates/ Producers(Not Located In AVA.) Cantiga, Grace Patriot, Rodin, Rootdown, Ursa, Wofford Acres
    • Vineyards- Dry Bone, Duarte(250 ac.), Eliza Barsotti, Fenaughty, Hawk Creek, Rosa Cavina
  • CULTURE-
    • ASSOCIATIONS~ ~El Dorada Grapes Growers~
      • Mission~ To Promote Premium Wine Grape Growing and the Wine Grape Industry In El Dorado County.
  • GOING THERE
    • WINE TRAILS-~  ~Apple Hill Wine Trail~,  ~Carson Road Wineries~

EL DORADO*AVA.     @Placerville

  • WHITE= Chardonnay 6%, Arneis, Fiano, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Riesling, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino
  • RED= Zinfandel 11%, Barbera 8%, Syrah 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dolcetto, Gamay, Garnacha, Graciano, Merlot, Primitivo, Souzao, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-El Dorado
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., @Hw.#49/ #50, Sub-Zones/ AVA.’s Fair Play AVA.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”
    • SLOPES/ Sierra Nevada Mountains, +Alt.1,200 ft.-3,366 ft.
    • On~Middle Fork of American~River~
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Volcanic, Sand, Clay, Loam, Granite, Petrified Lava Ash
  • CLIMATE- Continental WithMediterranean Influence
  • VITICULTURE- 428 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers Bone-Jolly, David Girard, Donkey & Goat, E16, Gold Hill, Hart 2 Hart, Jose wine Caves, Rome Valley, RPM.
    • Vineyards- Baby Rattlesnake, Barsotti, Stoney Creek, White Oaks Flats
  • SUB-ZONES Of El DORADO AVA.
    • PLACERVILLE Wineries– Boeger(E.), Edio, Felton Herriott, Lava Cap(E.), Lewis Grace, Nello Olivo, Smokey Ridge, Starfield
    • CAMINO Wineries–  Boa Vista, Bolsters Hilltop, Cristal Basin, Jodar, Madrona, Red Poets, Rucksack
    • PLEASANT VALLEY Wineries– Auriga, Bechard, Busby, Cantiga, Holly Hill, Mais Fica, Miraflores, Narrow Gate(Bio. Dyn.), Saluti, Sierra Vista, Ursa

**El Dorado Images Courtesy of Delong Maps, Purchase These Maps at Delongwine.com


FAIRPLAY*AVA.     @Plymouth

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California,  COUNTY-El Dorado, @Hw.#49, LATITUDE38.48° ‘N
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA./ El Dorada AVA.(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”, On~Cosumnes~River~
    • SLOPES/ Sierra Nevada Mountains, +Alt.2,000 ft.-2,615 ft.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Volcanic, Decomposed Granite
  • CLIMATE- Continental WithMediterranean Influence
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers Charles B. Mitchell, Easton, Mellowood, Mount Aukum, Obscurity, Perry Creek, Toogood
    • Vineyards Capelli Ranch, Cedarville, Paso Vista, Sentivo, Serendipity Hill, Shake Ridge, Skinner(HVS.)
  • CULTURE-
    • PIONEERS~ ~James Skinner~ Scottish Gold Miner Who’s Skinner Vineyards In Was One of the First In Sierra Foothills
  • GOING THERE
    • WINE-TRAILS~  ~Fairplay Wine Trail~

AMADOR COUNTY*     @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED=  **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY– California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-Amador

    • In Sierra Foothills AVA.,  @Hw.#49/ #88
    • BORDERS: El Dorado Country(North), Calaveras County(South)
    • Sub-Zones/ AVA.’s  Fiddletown AVA., Shenandoah Valley AVA.
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In “AMADOR COUNTY” Non-Conforming to an AVA.
    • Estates/ Producers Avio, Bella Grace, Cnvergence, Drytown Cellars, Estey, Nua Dair, Sera Fina, Snake Ridge, Tanks, Wine Tree
    • Vineyards Aparicio(HVS.), Beldinelli/ Dickson(HVS.), Bella Grace, Bill Dillian(10ac.), Boeger(HVS.), Fox Creek(HVS.), Lubenko(HVS.), Massoni(HVS.)

SHENANDOAH VALLEY*AVA.     @Plymouth

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Orange Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
    RED= Zinfandel 16%, Primitivo 11%, Barbera 10%, Petite Sirah 10%, Sangiovese 8%, Syrah 8%, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA.(South), @Hw.#49
    • BORDERS: Fiddletown AVA.(South-East)
    • COUNTIES– (Laps)Amador & El Dorado, In Sierra Foothills AVA.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Shenandoah)”
    • SLOPES/ Sierra Nevada Mountains, +Alt.1,400 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Volcanic, Granite, Sandy Loam
  • CLIMATE- Continental With Mediterranean Influence
  • VITICULTURE- 2,000 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers Amador Cellars, Andis(22ac.), Cooper, Di Stasio, Helwig, Karmere, Mountevina, Renwood*, Runquist, Scott Harvey, Shenandoah Cellars, Sobon, Story, Turley, Torra D’Oro(E./280ac.), Villa Toscano
    • Vineyards D’Agostini, Deaver(HVS./ 1881), Grandpere(HVS./ 1869), Rocky Top(HVS.), Sentinel Oak, Sobon, T.C.(HVS.)
  • CULTURE-  FESTIVALS~ ~Barbera Festival~ (September/ Sierra Foothills)
  • GOING THERE-
    • WINE-TRAILS~ ~Shenandoah ValleyShenandoah School/ Dickson/ Bell/ Steiner Roads

FIDDLETOWN*AVA.      @Fiddletown

  • WHITE= Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Zinfandel 85%, Barbera, Grenache, Petit Sirah, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA.(South), COUNTY-Amador
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., @Hw.#49,
    • BORDERS: Shenandoah Valley AVA.(North-West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”
    • SLOPES/ Sierra Nevada Mountains, +Alt.1,500 ft.-2,500 ft
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Volcanic
  • CLIMATE- Continental With Mediterranean Influence
  • VITICULTURE- 850 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers Bechard, Distant, Fiddletown Cellars, Gioiello & Morse, Latchum, Legendre, Mellowood, Le Mulet Rouge, Sobon, Terre Rouge
    • Vineyards Rinaldi(HVS.)

CALAVERAS COUNTY*     @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED=  **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-Calaveras, @Hw.#4
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., BORDERS: Amador Country(North), Mariposa County(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ Sierra FootHills, +Alt.2,000 ft.- 2,900 ft., On~Mokelumne~River~
    • Sub-Zones- Angels Camp, Douglas Flat, Murphys, San Andreas, Upper Mokelumne Head Water, Vallecito
  • VITICULTURE- 900 ac.
  • VINICULTURE- Wine Produced In CALAVERAS COUNTY Non-Conforming to an AVA..
    • Estates/ Producers Black Sheep, Frog’s Tooth, Hovey, Indian Rock, Ironstone, Milliaire, Mineral Wines, Twisted Oak
    • Vineyards Big John, Brice Station, Broll, Chaton, Dalton, Ghiradelli(HVS.), Hay, Irish, Ironstone, Kramer, Locke, Newsome Harlow, Rorick Heritage, Shake Ridge, Tanner
  • CULTURE- ASSOCIATIONS~  ~Calaveras Winegrowers Alliance~
  • GOING THERE- WINE-TRAILS~Murphys Wine Trail~ (Main Street)

TUOLOME COUNTY     @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED=  **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-Tuolome
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., @Hw.#49/ #120
    • BORDERS: Calavaras County(North-West), Mariposa County(South)
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In “TUOLOME COUNTY” Non-Conforming to an AVA.

MARIPOSA COUNTY     @Entire County

  • WHITE=   |   RED=  **Refer to AVA. For Variety/ %.
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Sierra Foothills AVA., COUNTY-Mariposa
    • In Sierra Foothills AVA., LATITUDE: 37.48° ‘N’
    • BORDERS: Tuolome Country(North), @Hw.#41/ #49/ #140
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In “MARIPOSA COUNTY” Non-Conforming to an AVA.


**Refer to “BIBLIOGRAPHY/ Sources” For Details On Scholarly Works Referenced.