Wine grapes were first introduced in Placer County in 1848, coinciding with the year James Marshall discovered gold.

In the 1860s, winemaking became a thriving industry. So much so, that Placer County had more vineyards than Sonoma and Napa combined.

Now’s your chance to celebrate the tradition of Placer County winemaking by visiting these five great wineries.

 

Wise Villa Winery

Wise Villa, winner of the State Fair’s Winery of the year award in 2015, is a family managed vineyard where the harvest is carefully handpicked to ensure the wines’ purity and composition.

The winery pays close attention to detail and sorts through the crop to ensure that every grape is viable for the production process.

The vineyards consist of 26 acres, where 11 varieties flourish. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, Touriga National, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay.

The winery has tasting room locations in Roseville and Lincoln.

 

 

Lone Buffalo Vineyards

This establishment is a family-owned micro-winery that launched in 2007, but its beginning stretches decades back.

The winery is the culmination of the winemaker’s 35 years of passion and dedication for fine wine making. Everything you see at Lone Buffalo Vineyards is done by the local staff. From harvesting, crushing, bottling and labeling, staff members are hands-on at every step of the way.

Lone Buffalo Vineyards are stewards of the natural process involved with winemaking.

“The point is to produce rich, complex, concentrated fruit, not luxuriant vegetative growth,” the winery states on its website.

If you’re ready for a tasting, the on-site tasting room reflects the laid-back Sierra Foothills. The wine tasting is so hands-on that it’s not unusual for the winemaker to do the pouring.

 

Viña Castellano

Viña Castellano is a pristine vineyard along the rolling hills of Auburn.

The estates’ architects, longtime Placer County residents, incorporate the spirit of their Spanish heritage and history in every bottle.

The estate vineyard and winery was added 14 years ago and produces an array of Mediterranean wines, including their award-winning Spanish varietals.

If you’re intrigued, you are welcome to visit the Stone Barrel Cave and Tasting Room.

 

Mt. Vernon Winery

This winery is the largest and most award-winning winery in the county and features 16 to 18 different wines for tasting.

Some visitors are reminded of a Thomas Kincaid painting when they visit the winery and old restored milk house originally constructed in 1950, where they enjoy wine and the peaceful setting.

The well-decorated winery has earned more than 230 medals in competitions over the last 14 years.

 

 

Casque Wines

Casque Wines has one goal in mind, and that is to produce small lots of wines from the best vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and nearby areas.

The winery embraces the time-honored French tradition of blending several varietals together for the ultimate wine experience.

Casque Wines opened up its winery in Loomis before opening a new tasting room at the Flower Farm in 2013. The tasting room is dog and family friendly and provides room for picnics.

 

If you love wine, then you will love the options Placer County has!

 

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