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Nestled among the rolling hills and bubbling streams of California's gold country, the Shenandoah Valley AVA is celebrated for its bold and intense grapes that have become a trademark of the region. With more than 10,000 acres, the valley’s acclaimed assortment of wineries and tasting rooms make it the ideal destination for everyone from wine novices to seasoned enthusiasts.
Established in the mid-19th century during the height of the Gold Rush, the region, then known as the Mother Lode, attracted hordes of thirsty miners from the United States and abroad with hopes of proclaiming, “Eureka!”
At the height of the Gold Rush, the planting boom of the black-skinned grape, Zinfandel, led the region to boast more than 100 wineries. By the end of the century, the varietal, known for its high sugar content that can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent, became the most widespread in California.
While the decline of the mining industry and Prohibition led to a decrease in the number of wineries in the region, several remained active, selling Shenandoah Valley grapes to non-resident producers. Sutter Home Winery, which would become known for the creation of White Zinfandel, began bottling wines made from Shenandoah Valley grapes in the 1970s. In 1983, the region became a designated AVA.
Today, the Shenandoah Valley AVA is making buzz as the up-and-coming, more approachable alternative to Napa and Sonoma to sip locally grown and produced wines from more than 40 wineries in Amador County alone. Though the region is historically known as a producer of Zinfandels, several other varietals are rising in popularity including Barbera, Grenache, Mourvedre, Sangiovese and Syrah, among others.
Shenandoah Valley’s wineries and tasting rooms include:
Visit the Amador Vintner's Association for a complete list of their partners and to schedule a tour!
Tour the vineyards and tasting rooms and pick up your favorite bottles on your way to the casual elegant Louie Oliver’s Restaurant at Harrah’s Northern California, where corkage is always complimentary for Amador County wines. The restaurant offers a full bar, live entertainment and outdoor dining on a beautiful patio overlooking the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Stay to play on the state-of-the art casino floor, which features 950 slot machines and 20 tables games, all while earning Caesars Rewards member privileges and preferred access to Caesars’ resorts and amenities in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and around the world.
Here’s to raising a glass to your next visit and we look forward to seeing you soon!