Amador County, California

EST. 1869

Amador County History and Wine

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.


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 wine distribution

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.

Amador County climates

Amador County



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