You don’t have to go to Napa or Sonoma to find some of the best wines in the country. The Sierra Foothills AVA continues to rival these regions at competitions and command the attention of judges and enthusiasts. We’re proud to have several superb wineries in our area, and Nello Olivo Winery is one of our favorites. Not only have they mastered the art of winemaking, but their friendly and knowledgeable staff always makes your visit a pure delight. Read on to learn all about their wines and meet “The Grapefather!” And, if you’d like to save time planning your trip to Gold Country, check out our free Vacation Guide! It’s full of our local recommendations to take your experience from good to truly exceptional.
1. Nello Olivo, A.K.A. “The Grapefather”
The Grapefather has an offer you can’t refuse: Award-winning wines from a variety of estate-grown grapes! Nello Olivo’s goal is to craft the “best Italian wines under the California sun,” and you’re invited to enjoy the fruits of his efforts. Once the exquisite, robust flavors hit your taste buds, you’re sure to join the long list of wine critics and enthusiasts that have fallen in love with his creations.
2. The Tasting Rooms
The Nello Olivo Winery began with a tasting room in Placerville, but since October 2018, you have the choice of two lovely options! The Placerville tasting room is just 15 minutes away from Eden Vale Inn at the historic Sequoia Mansion dating back to 1853. Your experience begins by enjoying the charming appearance of this property and continues in the beautifully renovated wine cellar for exquisite tastings. It’s only $5 per person, which goes toward purchasing a bottle of your choice!
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Friday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Nello Olivo also opened an excellent tasting room in Camino, in collaboration with Hwy 50 Brewery. It’s just 20 minutes from our inn and features an outdoor patio that’s perfect for sipping wines and enjoying the cool breeze. Plus, you can always mix it up and grab a refreshing craft beer from the brewery while you’re there!
Hours: Seven days per week: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3. Private Tastings With Friends
Any time you’re enjoying Nello Olivo’s wines is sure to be a delightful experience. If you’d like a more personalized, intimate wine tasting experience, though, you’re welcome to book a private tasting! You can choose either the Placerville or Camino location and settle in for a relaxing afternoon of wine, cheese, and conversation. There’s plenty of room for groups, and you’ll all learn a wealth of information about wines in the process!
Book the Ultimate Wine Weekend at Eden Vale Inn!
When you pair the incredible wines of Nello Olivo Winery with the luxurious lodging at Eden Vale Inn, you have the recipe for a memorable weekend in Gold Country. As our guest, you can get discounts at local wineries with our Wine Club for a Day package and even leave the driving to us with our Chauffered Wine Tours! Afterward, settle into one of our guest rooms featuring elegant decor, large soaking tubs, and mood lighting at the push of a button. You can even relax with a glass of your favorite wine on our garden patios or by a tranquil pond.
Book one of our unique, elegantly designed guest rooms today and make your ideal getaway a reality in Placerville, California!