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Wineries and Breweries in the Gold Country


Wine and Beer trails and tasting rooms have been popping up all over the place especially here in California. Perfect for enthusiasts and newbies the award-winning wineries in El Dorado, Placer and Nevada Counties are attracting visitors worldwide. Sure we have Napa and Sonoma counties, but those are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the varietals and blends the vintners and brewmasters have come up with.

Home to some of the best whitewater rafting trips in California on the American River, Truckee River, and Yuba River the Gold Country is bursting with organic farms, olive orchards, olive vineyards, wineries, and locally owned micro-breweries creating their own craft beers. Small town charm gives visitors an opportunity to converse with owners, winemakers, brewmasters, farmers and the locals. Combine wine tasting and whitewater rafting while picking your own produce before heading home – many locations are accessible right off of Highways 50 and 80 between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe.

El Dorado County Wineries, Breweries & More:

hart-2-hart-winesSo before or after your South Fork American River trip, check out the over two dozen vineyards and tasting rooms in El Dorado County. They have stunning views and friendly staff. The open ranches of the Apple Hill Growers Association offer ‘Pick Your Own Organic Produce’, and farm trails.

El Dorado Agricultural Tourism – Information on farmers markets, farm tours, wine associations & more.
El Dorado County Wineries & Breweries – List of Wineries and Breweries in El Dorado County
El Dorado Winery Association – Learn about El Dorado county wine making, vintners, & tasting rooms.
Hart to Hart Winery – 5821 CA-49, Pilot Hill, CA 95664. Just down the street from Rivers Bend! Awards winning wines, fun events and vacation rental.
Sierra Wine Experience – customized wine tours and wine tastings.

Placer County Wineries, Breweries & More:

Placer County is home to several vineyards, breweries, local farms and farmers markets. The Class 4 rafting trips on the Middle Fork American and North Fork American River meet in Auburn, CA and are convenient to many amenities including numerous tasting rooms, restaurants and lodging options.

The Placer County Wine Trail is convenient to rafters, day trippers, or those just passing through. Local farmers markets are held almost every day of the week and feature produce, meats, crafts, and local entertainment.

Placer County Vintners Association – Wineries information and links. Print the “Placer County Wine Trail Map”.
Placer County Breweries – List of Breweries in Placer County
Placer Grown – Information on farms, in season local produce, farmers markets and more.
Knee Deep Brewery – award winning beers, a family friendly tap room and picnic tables to bring your own food.

Nevada County Wineries, Breweries & More:

Experience Nevada County’s mountain grown award-winning wines, and whitewater excitement on the North Yuba or Truckee River.  Nevada County has a historically rooted pioneer spirit that runs through the main streets of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and Truckee. Check out restaurants, historic B&B’s, art galleries, boutiques and tasting rooms.

Nevada County Wineries and Breweries – Lots of options for local beer and wine. Tasting rooms, vineyard visits, and festivals!