If there’s one thing that California is known for, it’s excellent wine! You’ve probably heard of Napa Valley and Sonoma County, but did you know that some of the area’s best wines are also produced in Apple Hill? Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, this beautiful region is home to several award-winning, family-owned wineries and vineyards. Make sure to add the following Apple Hill wine tasting tours to your bucket list and try a few of them during your stay with us. And, for more great tips about things to see and do in Northern California, request access to our free Vacation Guide!
Where Is Apple Hill in Northern California?
Tucked away amongst the surrounding Sierra Nevada foothills, Apple Hill is located just east of Placerville. The mountainous elevation and rich soil create the perfect growing conditions for the wide range of varietals found here. From Barbera and Bordeaux to Cabernet and Chardonnay, there are so many excellent wines to choose from. Because Apple Hill farms are open year-round, you can visit during any season! Enjoy a tasting, take a romantic stroll through the vineyards, or visit one of the nearby orchards. There are also many dog-friendly wineries in Apple Hill, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends along for the day!
3 of the Best Apple Hill Wine Tasting Tours
While there are several excellent wine tours here, we have selected our top three to recommend to you. Don’t forget to print out an Apple Hill map to see a complete list of farms and wineries!
1. Lava Cap Winery
Named after the unique volcanic soil found here, Lava Cap Winery in Apple Hill has something to please every palate. From bold reds to refreshing whites, their collection includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Barbera, and Syrah. The tasting room is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. year-round, except for major holidays. After your tasting, take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy breathtaking views of the vineyards.
2. Boeger Winery
Boeger Winery in Apple Hill is the oldest commercial winery in the county. The estate was homesteaded during the Gold Rush by the Fossati-Lombardo family, who made wine from the same vines that still produce Mission grapes to this day. Later bought by the Boeger family in 1972, the property became the first post-Prohibition winery in El Dorado County. Between the unique history and beautiful setting, you could easily spend an entire day sampling wines here. We recommend trying the Barbera, their flagship wine, or one of the many artisan blends. Then, browse the historic grounds and visit the on-site shop to take a few bottles home with you. The tasting room is open daily between 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. year-round, excluding major holidays.
3. Madrona Vineyards
With more than 27 different world-class wines to choose from, a visit to Madrona Vineyards should definitely be on your itinerary. The best part? These tastings are complimentary! During your experience, you may choose up to 10 different wines to sample. Then, learn all about the winemaking process when you take a tour of the winery and vineyard. Make sure to call ahead of time if you plan to take a tour since they are by appointment only. The tasting room is open daily from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. year-round.
Other Nearby Wineries and Vineyards
After a fabulous day of sipping at these Apple Hill wine tasting tours, check out these other fantastic Placerville wineries and events!
- Nello Olivo Winery
- Miraflores Winery
- Gold Hill Vineyard and Brewery
- Placerville Art and Wine Festival
Relax and Unwind at Eden Vale Inn
When it comes to romantic accommodations in Northern California, no place can compare to Eden Vale Inn. Our enchanting Placerville bed and breakfast is a short drive from Apple Hill. Plus, all of the best wineries, breweries, and area attractions are also just minutes away! Our tranquil accommodations feature luxurious amenities to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one. Each guest room has its own private bathroom, an in-room fireplace, and a private deck or patio with magnificent views. We also offer pet-friendly lodging for guests who are bringing their furry friends!
Make your stay with us even more memorable by booking one of our seasonal specials or packages, like a guided day of tasting in the El Dorado region with a private chauffeured wine tour. The possibilities are truly endless, so don’t wait to start planning your wine country getaway. Check our availability and book your stay today! We can’t wait to welcome you!