• Staff Writer

El Dorado County Wineries: Buying Wine Locally

Updated: Apr 15


El Dorado County Winery

For wine lovers who live between El Dorado Hills and South Lake Tahoe and who like to buy locally, El Dorado County is fortunately home to many excellent wines and great tasting experiences.


As in other parts of California, a lot of El Dorado County wineries rely on direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales.


Nancy Light, spokesperson for the Wine Institute told Emily Hamann of the Sacramento Business Journal, "The vast majority of California’s 3,900 wineries are small, family businesses that depend on tasting room visitors and derive significant revenue from DTC sales."


Here is a partial list of El Dorado County wineries along with direct links to each winery's visitor information and shopping page (if available).


Some tasting rooms are only available by reservation. Other wineries encourage visitors to drop in.


Boeger Winery

Visitor Information

Online Store


Bom Vinho!

Visitor Information


Bumgarner Winery

Visitor Information

Online Store


Busby Cellars

Visitor Information


Chateau Davell

Visitor Information


Christopher Cellars

Visitor Information

Online Store


Crystal Basin Cellars

Visitor Information

Online Store


E16 Winery

Visitor Information

Online Store


Element 79 Vineyards

Visitor Information

Online Store


Fenton Herriott Vineyards

Visitor Information

Online Store


Hart 2 Hart Vineyards

Online Store


Holly's Hill Vineyards

Visitor Information

Online Store


Kehret Vineyards

Visitor Information

Online Store


Lewis Grace Winery

Visitor Information

Online Store


Madroña Vineyards

Visitor Information

Online Store


Mediterranean Vineyards

Visitor Information

Online Store


Miraflores Winery

Visitor Information

Shop Online


Narrow Gate Vineyards

Visitor Information

Shop Online


Nello Olivo Winery

Visitor Information

Shop Online


Via Romano Vineyards

Visitor Information

Shop Online


The El Dorado County AVAs


The El Dorado American Viticultural Area (AVA) was established in 1983. The Sierra Foothills AVA, which is within the El Dorado AVA, was established in late 1987.


In turn, the Fair Play AVA is contained within the Sierra Foothills AVA. Fair Play was established in early 2001.


The Wines of El Dorado County


El Dorado County wine country is special in that it is made up mainly of mountain vineyards that are hundreds to thousands of feet above the surrounding Sacramento Valley — in the Sierra foothills.


There are over forty different wineries in El Dorado wine country. Each one offers visitors something unique and worth making a trip for.


The region grows some of the most sought-after grapes in the world, from areas including:

  • Bordeaux

  • The Rhône

  • Germany

  • Italy

  • Spain

When combined with the area’s unique climate and geography, these grapes are used to grow a wide range of varietals that produce flavors unique to the region.


Visiting El Dorado Wine Country


Here is a map to help you out.



Sacramento Area Wine Storage

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