Every region that grows wine grapes is “unique” and “special”. Amador County is no different. Amador is perhaps the smallest growing region in the State. Amador makes up about 1% of the wine grape agribusiness in California. Surprisingly more than 30% of medals won in State competition comes from grapes grown in this region. It could be said there are more gold medals coming from Amador acre-per- acre than any other growing region.
Amador County is located in Northern California 100 miles from San Francisco and 40 miles east from Sacramento in the Sierra foothills. Its elevations range from 250’ to 9,000’. Amador was once the center of viticulture in California during the Gold Rush. The oldest Zinfandel vineyard in the United States is located in Amador planted just 4 years after the Civil War. The region was slowly resurrected after prohibition growing to almost 4,000 planted acres and 40 wineries. The wine industry is the largest economic enterprise in the county.