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Local Winemakers

Aug 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Winemaking, or vinification, starts with the selection of grapes and ends with the bottling of a perfectly finished wine, and in our region, it’s some of the best around. Recently, Style visited a few of our notable wineries and vineyards to get a taste of what’s being crushed in our own backyards.

Montevina Winery
Nestled in the rolling hills of Amador County, Montevina Winery is steeped in history. Established in 1970, Montevina was the first post-Prohibition winery in the Sierra foothills region. Soon, the winery became known for its top-quality wines.

Amador County is known for its Zinfandels, many grown from centuries-old vines; the soil and climate combination make it the perfect home for this varietal. And, Montevina produces some of the best Zinfandels around.

Now part of the Trinchero Family Estates, Montevina is the largest and most modern winery in Amador County. Under VP and General Manager Jeff Meyers and winemaker Chris Leamy, Montevina produces world-class, award-winning wines in its state-of-the-art facility under the Montevina and Terra d’Oro labels, and its eclectic red and white blend under the Wild Bunch label.
Set within 400 acres of gorgeous scenery, Montevina’s tasting room and shaded outdoor patio is casual and inviting, and provides an idyllic setting for a romantic picnic. So pack your picnic basket and head to Plymouth to experience the history and delicious wines of Montevina.

Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Muscato, Anglianico, Teroldego, Sauvignon Blanc

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel –
Terra d’Oro, literally translated as “land of gold,” is Montevina’s premier wine, produced from the winery’s best lots in limited quantities. It's one Zinfandel that's just right! According to the winemaker’s notes, “Like a backyard barbeque, dark smoky molasses and hickory aromas warm the nose. Blackberry flavors are spiced with pepper, clove and anise like homemade preserves. A long lingering caramel finish touched by dark toasty oak begs for another sip.”

Where to find Montevina wines:
Montevina’s wines can be found at, and at Total Wine & More in Roseville, Beverages & More, Raley’s/Bel Air and Sam’s Club locations throughout the Sacramento area.

Winery & Tasting Room:
Montevina Winery
20680 Shenandoah School Road
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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