WINE & WHITEWATER
California’s Gold Rush began in El Dorado County in 1848 with James Marshall’s discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill, on the South Fork of the American River in Coloma. As people flocked to California to claim their fortunes, the region’s winemaking industry was born.
Wine and Whitewater go hand in hand for Coloma and its surrounding areas. Our California wine rafting trips combine the very best of these experiences. So come join us on this unique trip through our vineyards and down our pristine river canyons.
El Dorado County has more than 2,000 acres of vines, is home to approximately 50 wineries, and produces some of California’s most sophisticated wines. El Dorado was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1983.
Wine Tasting at a Higher Level
The El Dorado Wineries are located throughout the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The El Dorado wine district is one of California’s oldest wine-producing areas. Vineyards and wineries first flourished here during the Gold Rush era, and then a century later in the 1970’s, a renaissance in the growth of premium vineyards and wineries began in this picturesque community
Our area wineries are renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada.
Winemaking at a higher level
Our Sierra foothills range from 1,200 to 3,500 feet and hundreds of microclimates perfect for nearly 50 grape varieties. And all our artisan winemakers have a passion for experimenting and for this region.
Mountain grown wines
Want to know what gives El Dorado wines their intense flavors and deep colors? Our mountain vineyards are on steep hillsides with warm summer days and cool night air. It’s an environment that gives wines luscious fruit, an alluring balance, gentle tannins, and body and depth that valley floors just can’t match.
El Dorado’s wineries beckon visitors with a wide diversity of award winning wines, friendly tasting room staffs and idyllic views of snow-capped mountains and oak-studded foothills.