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Placer County Wine Trail

(916) 663-4486
P.O. Box 811
Auburn, CA 95604

Website: www.placerwine.com

The Placer County Wine Trail is a series of small family-run boutique wineries each dedicated to preserving the historic winemaking legacy of the California Sierra Foothills with passion and craftsmanship.

Just a short 30 minute drive from Sacramento, the trail runs from Lincoln to Newcastle and Auburn and is easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49.

Varietals include the highly floral Viognier to dark-berried Tempranillo and lush Barbera as just some of the samplings. Other award winning wines include smoky and spiced Syrahs, Petite Sirah and adventurous blends. Cabernet Franc and flavor-intense Zinfandel and dessert wine offerings provide plentiful options for every taste and occasion.

Located midway between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, many flock here for a pleasure not found in other appellations – the chance to meet the winemakers. They gladly share their enthusiasm with a sample of their finest.

See below for a complete list of all wineries on the Placer County Wine Trail


Amour Prive Winery

337 Commercial Street (by the old red firehouse)
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.amourprive.com

Amour Prive's ("Private Love") exclusive tasting room is located
within Sip, Old Town Auburn's Preeminent Multi-Winery Tasting Room.

Amour Prive award winning wines are handcrafted using old-world
European materials and techniques. Our specialty is Bordeaux styled
ultra-premium red wines.

Please come visit us putting eyes to glass, glass to nose,
and wine to lips. Indulge in our private love, Amour Prive !


Wed-Thu 11am to 8pm
Fri-Sat 11am to 9pm
Sun 11am to 5pm
Closed Mon-Tue

Bear River Winery

(530) 878-8959
2751 Combie Road
Meadow Vista, CA 95722

Website: www.bearriverwinery.com/

Bear River Winery was founded in 2009 at the north end of Lake Combie on the banks of the Bear River in Meadow Vista. We are a family operated boutique micro wine grower producing small case lots of hand crafted wines using traditional methods from grapes sourced in and around Placer, Nevada and El Dorado county vineyards.

We are currently offering six wines for tasting. Our Barbera flight is all produced from Barbera grapes sourced from Viani Vineyards in Pilot Hill.

Bonitata Boutique Wine

291 Auburn-Folsom Road
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.bonitataboutiquewine.com/

Bonitata Boutique Wine prides itself on attention to details. Each wine is handcrafted and barrel aged then bottled at the right moment to deliver that special taste to your palate. Our grapes are hand-picked from vineyards located in the Sierra Foothills. The grapes are picked just at the right balance of sugar, pH and acid to produce a very special wine. You can meet the winemaker and ask questions or tour the winery.

Bonitata Boutique Wine is located in the original Bernhard Winery founded in 1874, located at the Bernhard Museum at 291 Auburn Folsom Rd in Auburn adjacent to the Gold Country Fair Grounds. This historic building is made of stone with two foot thick walls which are partially buried into the hillside. The perfect storage for our hand crafted wines. After enjoying your wine tasting you can take a tour of the rest of the museum.

Parking is located at the main museum parking lot just a short walk from the winery.

The winery is also available for rent for that special occasion (anniversary, birthday, wedding, etc).

Cante Ao Vinho Winery

5250 Front Street
Rocklin, CA

Website: www.canteaovinho.com/

Cante Ao Vinho is a Family Winery which enjoys making wine in the Old World style. Owned and run by the Farinha Family near the old Camp Far West out post along the Bear River. We make a verity of wines, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian.

We love three things, Variety, Sharing our wines with people who enjoy great wine, and having Fun doing it. Very much the old world way. There are ways to make wine that are ready to drink now, or a way where you must wait for them. And the prize is great.

Although we do not have much patience ourselves the wines are well worth waiting for. Our Tasting Room is in the 1905 granite Joesph Barudoni building at 5250 Front Steet, Rocklin across from the Old Saint Mary's Chapel. How fitting our old world wines in a time gone by granite building.

Casque Wines

3273 Swetzer Rd
Loomis, CA

Website: www.casquewines.com

Casque Wines in quaint Loomis is a boutique winery founded by Mark Breunig and Kevin Stevenson with the release of their first wines in the last quarter of 2008 under the brand Le Casque (pronounced "cask"). They had an early award win with their first wine released, the 2007 Calotte Blanc, a white Rhone style blend winning "Best of Class" which was just the beginning of the awards.
Casque Wins Top Awards:

2009 "Best of Class" White Rhone (SF Chronicle)
2010 "Best of Show - White" MicroWinery (State Fair)
2010 "Best of Show - Red" MicroWinery (State Fair)
2011 "Gold" Viognier (SF Chronicle)
2012 "Gold" Vermentino (SF Chronicle)
2012 "Gold" Malbec (SF Chronicle)

Casque produces small lots of hand crafted Rhone and Bordeaux style wines from the absolute best vineyard sources in the California Sierra Foothills.
They embrace the time-honored French tradition of blending several different varietals together to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.


Ciotti Cellars

(916) 538-9150
3750 Taylor Road.
Loomis, CA

Website: www.ciotticellars.com

Ciotti Cellars is a small production winery located in Placer County. Small production means we focus on making small lots of ultra-premium wines for your enjoyment. Because of this limited production we're able to pay extra attention to details creating wines rich in aromas, deep in color and character with velvety finishes. Using only the finest grapes grown in the Placer County / Napa Valley regions we've been able to create a little sunshine in a bottle.

Generations after Generations of winemakers have been born in the Ciotti family. As young boys, Giuseppe and Archangelo heard stories of how their Grandfather emigrated from Italy stowed away in a wine barrel to begin a new life in America. As young men they, watched their Grandfather Father and Uncle's make Hand Crafted Wines as a part of their culture and heritage. Today Ciotti Cellars is committed to making sure that same time honored family tradition continues, carefully cultivating and selecting only quality fruit to make premium hand crafted wine's to be enjoyed and shared with family and friends.


Cristaldi Vineyards

(916) 759-1291
3750 Taylor Rd
Loomis, CA 95603

Website: www.cristaldivineyards.com

Experience the Soul of Italy… …in the Heart of the Loomis Basin.

The Cristaldi Vineyards Estate is located in the rolling hills of Loomis. The residence and winery, surrounded by the estate's vineyards and olive groves, are perched on a beautiful and rugged hillside overlooking the Loomis Basin. David, the owner and winemaker, along with his wife, Ramona, and daughters, Juliana and Ariana, have created a wonderfully authentic Italian country estate that respects and honors his deep-rooted Italian heritage.

The Estate specializes in hand-crafting limited production single-vineyard and field-blended estate wines and extra virgin olive oils, in the finest old-world tradition.

The Estate's vineyards and olive groves have been planted in such a manner as to encourage exploration while strolling throughout the estate. 15 different grape varietals and 4 different olive varietals grow on the estate, allowing for a wide array of bottlings and blends.

The Vineyards are farmed gently in an organic, sustainable fashion, aimed at creating a naturally balanced vineyard environment. Harvest is based on touch and smell, taste and look, rather than lab reports. The winemaking techniques utilize the natural force of gravity to promote gentle handling of the wine during its creation. Slow fermentation and lengthy ageing also contribute to allow for full expression of the vineyard in the wine.

Experience our award-winning wines and olive oils at "3Vigne", our enoteca-style tasting room, located in the Historic High Hand Fruit Shed in Loomis, open to the public every weekend from 12-5pm.

The Cristaldi Estate is open for tours and tasting by appointment only from February through November.

Davis Dean Cellars

(916) 644-0495
448 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 203
Lincoln, CA 95648

Website: www.davisdeancellars.com/

Davis Dean Cellars is an award-winning boutique winery that produces wines from Placer County, Lodi and Napa Valley. Our wines are produced and bottled right in the heart of Rocklin. You will often here us say that our hands touch every grape on their way to the bottle. We are a family run winery that places the utmost emphasis on the quality of our wines. We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy producing them for you. Cheers

Dono dal Cielo

5960 Wise Road
Newcastle, CA 95658

Website: www.donodalcielo.com

A Zinfandel Vineyard
Owned by Karen and Bill McGillivray

Dono dal Cielo vineyard has been knitted into one of the richest valleys of the Sierra Foothills. We are a working ranch with 30 acres, 6000 vines and 50 fruit trees.

The vineyard has matured and the grapes that are on the vine taste like the wine that is in the bottle. At this time we also have juice aging in the barrel.

Dono dal Cielo which means "gift from Heaven" (in Italian) is a Zinfandel vineyard. We invite you to experience the brilliant results of the years of devotion to the vines that have enriched our lives.


From Hwy 193 take Gold Hill Road, stay on Gold Hill Road as it turns into Wise Road and Dono dal Cielo Vineyard is on the left.

Fawnridge Winery

5560 Fawnridge Road
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.fawnridgewine.com

Fawnridge Winery is a small, owner-operated winery located outside of Auburn in the Sierra Foothills. Fawnridge specializes in premium wines form the Sierra Foothill regionand a personal, friendly atmosphere and comfortable surroundings with a view of the valley and coast mountain range. Offering hand-crafted wines at a pleasurable price.


Take Highway 49 North towards Grass Valley. Approximately 4 miles past Bell Rd. turn left off 49 onto Cramer Road. Proceed approximately 1 mile and take a right turn onto Fawnridge Road. Please drive slowly on our private road. As you turn on Fawnridge, you can see the winery is at the top of the hill on the left. Parking is available out front.
Tasting Room

Open Saturdays 11 AM - 4 PM.

Lone Buffalo Vineyards

2682 Burgard Lane
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.lonebuffalovineyards.com

Launched in 2007, Lone Buffalo Vineyards offers premium Placer County wines crafted by a seasoned winemaker in the ambiance and with the down-to-earth attitude of a small boutique winery.

Family owned and operated by Phil, Jill and Jocelyn Maddux, LBV is doing its part to return Placer County to its post Gold Rush roots as a premium wine-producing region.

We emphasize food-friendly, Rhône-style wines with a twist of cowboy and old west philosophy. Try our 2006 Where the Buffalo Roam red blend and the 2007 Bison Blanc Viognier and 2007 Buffalo Rose Sangiovese rosé just in time for summer.

Our wines are available for private tasting and purchase by appointment at the winery and for purchase at many Placer County and Lake Tahoe retail outlets and restaurants.


Exit I-80 Freeway at Newcastle
Take Indian Hill Rd. east (away from town of Newcastle) to Auburn Folsom Rd.
Turn right and follow Auburn Folsom Rd. to Shirland Tract
Turn left onto Shirland Tract
Go 1/2 mile to first right turn at Burgard Lane
Go 1/2 mile to END of Burgard Lane and turn right over Pond, then right to house and vineyard.
Tasting Room

Open for tasting Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Call (916) 663-4486

Mt. Vernon Winery

10850 Mt. Vernon Road
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.mtvernonwinery.com

Mt. Vernon Vineyard and Winery is a small, family-run winery specializing in vineyard-select Syrahs, Barberas and Zinfandels. In addition, the Taylor family makes two different ports, a Chardonnay and a variety of Bordeaux-style blends.

Tasting Room open Thursday through Sunday, 11-5. No charge for wine tasting.

PaZa Wines

(916) 834-0565
3357 Ayres Holmes Road
Auburn, CA 95602

Website: www.pazavinesandwines.com/

PaZa is surrounded by picturesque views of the Sierra Foothills, the Sutter Buttes, and Coastal mountains. So, we welcome folks who bring their lunch, or other treats, to stay and relax with a glass, or a bottle, of our vino.

Owners Pamela and Zane Dobson share an over the top enthusiasm for all things related to wine, and especially appreciate the many people who enjoy wine and life. In short – our wine making style is keeping it simple with serious passion!

Our vineyard and winery is located half-way between Auburn, Newcastle, and Lincoln, and easy to reach from Wise Rd. or Mt. Vernon Rd. Near the intersection of Gold Hill Rd. and Wise Rd.

Wines currently available:

2008 Barbera
2008 Syrah
2009 Primitivo
2009 Albarino
And, new releases coming soon!

We are open for public tastings every weekend - 12 to 5 (please call during inclement weather). Also, we offer personalized tours and tastings by appointment. There is a $3 tasting fee, which is waived with purchase.


Pescatore Vineyard and Winery

7055 Ridge Road
Newcastle, CA 95658

Website: www.pescatorewines.com

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Pescatore Vineyard and Winery is a family owned estate featuring Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Barbera wines. Established in 2001, Pescatore specializes in estate bottled wines, aged in American and French oak barrels. We produce 600-800 cases per year.

Pescatore has a 1200 sq. foot tasting room with a fireplace and a 40' x 10' deck overlooking the vineyard.


Take Gold Hill Road off of Highway 193 (Lincoln - Newcastle highway) and turn onto Ridge Road. Pescatore is 0.4 mi. up Ridge Road.
Tasting Room


Popie Wines

(916) 768-7643
3750 Taylor Rd
Loomis, CA

Website: www.popiewines.com/

Popie Wines is a hand crafted boutique winery producing award winning wines.

Since 1922, three generations of the Duarte family have worked in the Napa Valley growing high quality grapes that have produced award winning wines.

The Duarte vineyard is family managed, maintained and sustainably grown allowing us the control to produce exceptional wines. They are now taking the family heritage to the next step in producing what they hope to be well made enjoyable wines from our Duarte Family Vineyards.

Rancho Roble Vineyards

340 Fleming Road
Lincoln, CA 95648

Website: www.ranchoroble.com

Rancho Roble Vineyards is situated on 20 acres in the foothills, four miles north of Lincoln, CA. Our climate is well suited to Syrah and Barbera wine grapes. There is good access and parking at the winery. Come and enjoy the country setting.

Open for vineyard & winery tours & tasting by appointment. Please call for details (916) 645-2075.

Located 4 miles north of Lincoln off Gladding Rd.

River Rock Winery

(916) 408-3855
6024 Prairie Way
Lincoln, CA 95648

Website: www.riverrockranch.co/

We feature Barbera, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc wines all grown, harvested and processed on our family ranch located in Western Placer County. We started making wine in 2006 and have won awards annually since. The size of our vineyard allows us to spend more time on preparing and caring for the fruit of our vines and converting them to uniquely flavorful wines.

Come and enjoy a day in the country at our family ranch and taste the finest wines produced on our estate.

During the summer and fall months, freshly picked fruits from our trees will be available to complement our wines.

Rock Hill Winery

(916) 410-7105
2970 Delmar Avenue
Loomis, CA

Rock Hill Winery began in Sonoma County named after a volcanic hillside vineyard with hundreds of feet of dry stacked rock walls. Presently located in the Sierra Foothills of Placer County, the rich soil tops decomposed granite allowing for perfect drainage. Hot summer days and cool nights produce ideal conditions for this world class wine.

Drink and enjoy our Wine Country tradition

Secret Ravine Vineyard and Winery

4390 gold Trail Way
Loomis, CA 95650

Website: www.secretravine.com

Featuring fine wines made from locally grown grapes, we strive to capture the unique characteristics of the foothill grapes, instilled by the historic fruit and vineyard terroir of the Loomis Basin. From the late 1800’s until their removal in 1954, the property supported Zinfandel vines. In 1998 vines were once again planted and our Estate Wines come from these vineyards. Other varietals are produced with equal care, come from small Loomis Basin growers whose grapes exhibit their own unique qualities.

Tastings are by appointment only.

Vina Castellano

4590 Bell Road
Auburn, CA 95603

Website: www.vinacastellano.com

In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, nestled behind walls crafted from its unearthed stones, lies a gem of a vineyard lovingly referred to as Viña Castellano. In a tribute to their heritage, the Mendez family’s vineyard is planted with Mediterranean varietals, including the Spanish Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), Monastrell (Mourvedre), as well as the Syrah and Cabernet Franc. The family selected varietals which thrive in the foothill soil and micro-climate. From its meticulously farmed vines, yielding small quantities of fruit, celebrated winemaker Chris Markell has handcrafted small limited releases including Syrah Rosé, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.

Tasting Room Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4pm

Wise Villa Winery

(916) 543-0323
4100 Wise Road
Lincoln, CA

Website: www.wisevillawinery.com/

Wise Villa Winery – Located on the multimillion dollar Wise Villa Estate, is a state-of-art first class winery equipped with the finest Italian, French and American equipment; fully equipped laboratory; tasting room; two, wheel-chair accessible restrooms; ample parking; major road, easy access from highway 65 or 193 and great wine, meticulously crafted by Dr. Grover Lee with his distinctive winemaking style.

UC Davis graduate and well respected senior winemaker, Nancy Steel, consults with Dr. Lee on the fine detail of Wise Villa's quality wine. UC Davis graduate and assistant winemaker Kevin Luther adds his expertise gained while working in Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, and California. Fine wine does not just happen. Wise Villa Winery, a place of distinction.

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