Amador County, California
Amador County History and Wine
Amador County is home to nearly 30 distinct varietals. It is best known for Zinfandel, Barbera, Iberian varietals and more recently for Rhone varietals. The grapes from this region 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 this area comes from the Fiddletown AVA.
Amador County Micro Climates
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 this region stress the vines and this stress is widely accepted as a desirable characteristic of compley, balanced wines.
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