“E” appellations

El Dorado

Translated from Spanish as golden or gilded, El Dorado was originally a common destination for miners during the gold rush of 1849. It is now host to California's highest vineyards, which can be found above 2,400 feet. Precipitation here is commonplace, and with its relatively low temperatures snow is not infrequent. Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are widely planted in El Dorago. The thin soils produce relatively light wines, but Riesling as well as Rhône and Italian varietals are beginning to show some promise. El Dorado hosts one sub-appellation, Fairplay, and a portion of another, Shenandoah Valley.


United States → California → El Dorado County

Appellation Type

American AVA

Wineries (13)

Coulson Winery
David Girard Vineyards
Gold Hill Winery
Holly's Hill Winery
Jodar Winery
Lava Cap Winery
Madroña Vineyards
Narrow Gate Vineyards
Scott McLeod
Sierra Vista Vineyards
Venezio Vineyard and Winery
Windwalker Vineyard and Winery

Wines (7)

Scott McLeod Cabernet Sauvignon El Dorado The Pilot Hill Gang 2013 El Dorado Red
Vinum Cellars The Scrapper Cabernet Franc El Dorado 2005 El Dorado Red
Edmunds St. John Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir El Dorado County Witters Vineyard 2004 El Dorado Red
Edmunds St. John Syrah El Dorado County Wylie-Fenaughty 2001 El Dorado Red
Edmunds St. John Pinot Grigio El Dorado County Witters Vineyard 2004 El Dorado White
Boeger El Dorado County Meritage 2001 El Dorado Red
Boeger El Dorado Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 El Dorado Red