It’s no secret the Sierra foothills are home to hundreds of wineries and vineyards. In fact, at roughly 2.6 million acres, it’s one of the largest American Viticulture Areas in the country, and includes the counties of Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolumne and Yuba. What this means for you, of course, is you have almost endless choices for a day-trip (or a weekend getaway). Wherever the road takes you, you’ll find friendly winemakers happy to discuss their craft, as well as open tasting rooms (many with stunning views), often run by the winemaker’s spouse or grown children. This time of year—mid-August through October—you can also watch harvest crews busy in the vineyards, which are awash in gorgeous fall colors.
Photography by Charlene Lane