Best Amador wineries, restaurants, and hotels.
An Instagram follower DM’d me in early 2022, asking for wine-tasting tips for Plymouth and Amador County. I cover the region for Fodor’s California, albeit just the highlights because the book surveys the whole state. Below are the social-media suggestions, slightly reworked.
Three favorites in Plymouth are Jeff Runquist Wines (Barbera, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot star among wines from more than two dozen grape types), Terre Rouge and Easton Wines (Terre Rouge for Rhônes, Easton for Zinfandel), and Turley Wine Cellars (those rich, lush Turley Zins from Amador and elsewhere, plus Petite Sirah and Cabernet).
A few more to seek out include Amador Cellars (friendly folks, swingin’ barn), Bella Grace Vineyards (vineyard-view sipping outside a cave), C. G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery (beautiful hillside setting; especially love the Grenache).
Also consider Rombauer Sierra Foothills (Amador Zins along with Napa Valley wines), Scott Harvey Wine (Barbera, Syrah, Zinfandel, and several more), Sobon Estate (good for area history), and Vino Noceto (where the Doggie Diner head resides, for Sangiovese).
Cleanse your palate just east of the Highway 49 rotary with a microbrewed beer (we’re partial to the Amador IPA) at Amador Brewing Company.
Plymouth Dining and Lodging
Fiddletown and Amador City
I always like driving through the historic part of Fiddletown, a step back in time, and cute Amador City (just a few blocks long), between Plymouth & Sutter Creek, is worth a quick peek.
Scott Harvey and Bella Grace have tasting rooms on Sutter Creek’s Main Street. Just off Main on Randolph Street, I can never resist pressing my nose (and smartphone) up against the window of the Monteverde Store Museum, a time capsule if ever there is one that is never open when I’m in town. The storefront museum feels frozen in time because it is. “Its final owner walked out more than four decades ago and never returned,” I wrote for Fodor’s a while back, and now it’s been more than half a century. “These days, you can peruse what he left behind.”
Off Main at the end of Eureka Street is Knight Foundry, restored from the 1870s. It’s open for self-guided tours every second Saturday of the month, and sometimes foundry workers are around on Wednesdays, but there are outdoor exhibits you can see anytime. The open-air Miner’s Bend Historic Gold Mining Park at the southern end of Main Street displays large mining equipment.