Wine production has a rich tradition here in El Dorado County. Beginning in the 1870s the area was one of the largest producers of wine in California.
Located in the Sierra foothills just west of Lake Tahoe and less than an hours drive east of Sacramento on US Highway 50 and within 2 hours east of the San Francisco Bay Area, the El Dorado County appellation represents a wide assortment of flavorful and award winning varieties of wines. Due to the variation in altitudes of the hilly terrain and the many wine grape friendly micro climates the well drained and nutrient rich soils, the El Dorado County area produces about 50 different varieties of wine making it one of the finest and most diverse wine grape growing regions to be found anywhere.
The area produces beautiful crisp and fruity white wines like the Rieslings, and Gewürztraminers from Germany to the wonderful Sauvignon Blancs and of course Chardonnays that are superb by any standard.
The scope of red wine varieties produced here rivals grape growing regions anywhere. Some of the outstanding varieties grown include the Italian styled Barbera and Sangioveses to the deep red goodness of the French Malbec. The diversity of the classic Zinfandel grown here is amazing, from light and fruity to full and robust. The dry climate and mountain cooled evenings give rise to wines that are rich in tannins and low in acid which help produce wonderful Syrahs, and exceptional Petite Sirahs. The combination of climate and soil also helps produce exceptional Cabernets from the complex Cabernet Sauvignon, to the richly flavored Cabernet Franc.
With your Mariah South Fork Wine Tasting and Rafting Trip why not take some extra time for a local wine sampling adventure. With about 50 artisan type wineries theres a lot to explore.
Photo Above: Courtesy of Boeger Winery in El Dorado County.