Wine Tour Drivers has expanded to offer private Amador Wine Tours
Plan your Amador wine tour getaway with Wine Tour Drivers.
Amador’s warm climate, high solar radiance (what the French call luminosity) and low humidity promote the full ripening of our grapes. Classified as a high Region 3 in the UC Davis heat summation scale, Amador is comparable to St. Helena – but cooler than Calistoga – in northern Napa Valley. While Amador heats up earlier in the day than those appellations, it rarely exceeds 100 degrees during the growing season, a frequent occurrence in St. Helena and Calistoga. Equally important, temperatures typically drop 30-35 degrees in the evening as breezes cascade down from the Sierras. This rapid cooling helps the grapes retain the acidity essential to balanced wines.
Today, where gold once reigned, some forty wineries produce a new treasure: superb wines which have earned Amador County international acclaim. Showcasing award-winning Zinfandels, Barberas, and Rhones.
Shenandoah Valley and Fiddletown, both in the northern part of the county near the small town of Plymouth. Stylistically, zinfandels from the Shenandoah Valley tend to be fuller, riper and earthier with a characteristic dusty, dark berry fruit character, hints of cedar, anise and clove spice, and scents of raisin and chocolate. By comparison, zinfandels from the Fiddletown appellation, a smaller, higher-elevation region east of Shenandoah Valley, tend to be lower in pH and display a fruitier, more cherry-like fruit tone.
Wine Tour Drivers has expanded to offer a licensed and insured designated driver service for a private El Dorado Wine Tour using your rented or personal vehicle. Route planning is complimentary.