Fiddletown Wine Country
There are a few Fiddletown wineries, but many of the grapes grown in the region are sold to non-resident wine producers. Renwood Winery is located in the nearby Shenandoah Valley and purchases Zinfandel from Fiddletown Wine Country. Rombauer also buys grapes from the region.
Fiddletown’s climate is a little cooler than its neighbors. Fiddletown Zinfandel has higher alcohol and jammier fruit flavors than examples from El Dorado County, which are typically a little lighter and more acidic. Fiddletown Wineries are known for this style of Zinfandel.
Located in Amador County, Fiddletown Wine Country has perhaps the most inhospitable terrain for grape growing in the state. Soils are high in iron and made of decomposed granite. Farming without irrigation is very difficult here, but when it is successful, the resulting grapes have impressive flavor concentration.
The history of Fiddletown Wineries is closely tied to the Gold Rush. After the gold dried up, cattle, agriculture and tourism became the biggest industries in the region. There are currently about 325 acres of vineyards in Fiddletown Wine Country.
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