A well crafted wine tour, paired with rolling foothills, and stunning trails can excite just about any wine enthusiast. It’s all about choosing the right itinerary for your personality, understanding the rituals of the tasting rooms, and of course, pacing yourself throughout the day. So with Spring on the way, we’ve put together a guide to the California Wine Institute’s road trip series, spotlighting the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Wine Institute just announced its Series on How to Sip, Stay and Play in Wine Country, which we’ll be adding to our Spring vintner visits.
No doubt, Spring is an ideal time to visit, boasting comfortable weather, blooming vines and several annual events to try out, including the Sierra Vintners Spring Regional Wine Trail (Wine Trail Package May 14, July 16 and September 24: $80 per person) or maximize your experience with more than 20 El Dorado wineries at the 25th annual Passport events. (April 9-10 and 16-17: $45-$95 with dinner) It’s the perfect visit to enjoy premium wines and intimate group samplings. This is the place to bring together a group of friends, or a romantic weekend where you can concentrate on small to large producers of high quality that represent the region. Plus there are plenty of quaint places to satisfy your palate and sleep off the wine buzz, in cozy cottages, or lakeside lodges.
90% of wine from the United States if from California according to WineFolly.com
It’s commonly known that France, Italy and Spain, are the world’s top wine producers, bottling almost half of all the wine in the world. California comes in 4th, leading the U.S. wine producers, with 90% of the wine making in the United States. Try to wrap your brain around the sheer volume of wine produced here, and be sure to book your wine passports early, because wine connoisseur’s are hot on the trail.
The 13th annual Sierra Vitner’s Wine Trail, Memorial weekend, is the perfect event for locals and visitors.
The 13th Annual Sierra Vintner’s Wine Trail, on Memorial Day weekend, is the perfect event for a wine country tour for locals and visitors, midway between Sacramento and Reno. Easy to reach, with plenty of open roads and stunning scenery to keep you occupied. The Wine Trail is a self-guided tour of 15 wineries, ranging from Avanguardia to Szabo, nestled in the historic Grass Valley and Nevada City. What we love about this is you can choose your own style of accommodations, and experience a full weekend of wine tasting, food parings, live music and winery tours—all for less than the price of dinner.
We can’t forget to add in our “opt outside” recommendations for those who are looking for their own private picnic spots, or to immerse themselves in the regions, hiking, camping, and boating options. You can’t go wrong with a jaunt to Lake Tahoe to see life (and wine) through a different lens. Outdoor enthusiasts can also experience the authentic life and culture of the region with giant sequoias on a hike in Calaveras’ Big Trees State Park, adventure on the whitewater rapids of the the American River or relax on the South Fork of the Yuba River. Lastly, you’ll have a hard time deciding which of the many things to do at the star of the Sierra Nevada range, with Yosemite National Park
These are definitely our “Best of Adventure” Spring and Summer series recommendations to get out and explore the wild west, by road, mountain, and desert. See you in the sipping room!
Still looking for more gold country activities and wine trails? Find more at Visit California
*Also see Explore the Sierra Foothills on a California Wines Road Trip press release.