Roughly 600 acres are 65 years or older
Amador County is home to nearly 30 distinct varietals. It is best known for Zinfandel, Barbera, Iberian varietals and more recently for Rhone varietals. Amador County grapes are known for being bold and complex. Stylistically, Zinfandels from the California Shenandoah Valley tend to be fuller, riper and earthier. Zinfandels from the Fiddletown AVA display a fruitier tone. About 20% of the wine produced in Amador County comes from the Fiddletown AVA.
Amador County soils are typically rocky and well drained. Amador vines are grown on low vigor rootstalk, which provides a natural check on yields. Careful pruning, canopy management, and crop thinning also keep yields small. Almost all vineyards are hand picked.
Soil and Terraced Vineyard
Elevation & Weather Conditions
Over millions of years, the granite rocks of the Sierras decomposed and filled the low lands. Hot summer days are balanced by the cool mountain air that falls into the valley in the evenings creating a temperature fluctuation of 30 degrees or more.
The soils, elevations and weather conditions in Amador County stress the vines and this stress is widely accepted as a desirable characteristic of complex, balanced wines.
Most of our vineyards are small family operated and produce low yields. The farmers, who range from new comers to third generation families, tend these small vineyards and have a close relationship with their vines and pay attention to detail and excellence.