Fair Play Wineries in El Dorado Wine Country
The top wineries to visit in Fair Play
The Fair Play wineries are located
about 30 minutes from the town of Plymouth, CA. Fair Play
is its own wine appellation or AVA. The elevation and other
geographic features make this wine area very unique. In Fair
Play the wineries are all small family-owned operations.
The growing conditions are ideal for producing
Rhone style wines. Other grape varieties also grow well here.
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Top Wineries to Visit on the Fair Play Wine Trail
Winery – Cozy tasting room with friendly staff.
• Skinner Vineyards - Amazing tasting room, view, and Rhone wines
Vineyard – Great Rhone wines, plus terrific Zin
• Pallisandro Winery – Only
Fair Play winery making Italian wines
• Oakstone Winery – Excellent
wines at reasonable prices
• Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyards - The views and
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Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room
From the town of Plymouth, take Shenandoah Road
for about eight miles and turn right on Mount Aukom Road. The Latcham
entrance will be on the left in 400 feet. Drive up the hill to
the blue barn tasting room.At Latcham you will find a very friendly
atmosphere and several wines to taste. The owners here also own
the nearby Granite Springs Winery. Latcham makes some very good
wines including their Zinfandel varieties and the Barbera. If you
are a port lover then you will want to try the Latcham Port. If
you are lucky on your visit, you might find some homemade delicious
Latcham brownies to sip with your taste of Port.
Tasting room open daily 11 to 5 pm
(530) 620-6642, e-mail: email@example.com, Latcham
Continue on Omo Ranch Road and turn left onto Fairplay
Road. Go through the very tiny town of Fair Play and continue on
Fairplay Road for one mile. Look for the entrance to the winery
on the left. You will find a stunning vista from the tasting room
deck and picnic area. This is a great place to picnic. Inside
the quaint tasting room you will find wonderful Rhone style wines.
We love the Grenach Blanc, the Seven Generations (a blend of
five Rhone varietals), and the Syrah Stony Creek Vineyard. Don't
forget to pack that lunch!
room open Thursday through Monday, 11 to 5 pm
(530) 620-2220, e-mail:
Just a short distance from Fitzpatrick is Cedarville
Vineyard. Cedarville shares the same entrance road as Single Leaf
Vineyard. You will need to call ahead to this winery. Cedarville
is only open by appointment. Don’t pass up the chance to
visit this winery. Cedarville makes some of the best wines in the
Sierra Foothills. The husband-wife team of Jonathan Lachs and Susan
Marks are the owners and winemakers. They have put their heart
and soul into this winery and it's reflected in their great wines. They
are very gracious and will give you a brief spiel about the winery
and how they make their wines. The Grenache is a rare treat and
sells out almost the moment it is released. All the wines, except
for the Petite Syrah are estate grown. You will surely want
to bring home some wines from this winery.
Tasting Room is open by appointment only.
(530) 620-9463, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
After leaving Cedarville continue on Fairplay Road a couple
of hundred feet and turn right up the driveway to Pallisandro.
The winery recently opened and is currently a work in progress.
The interesting aspect of Pallisandro is that they are the only
winery in Fair Play producing Italian varietals. They are producing
four currently and will soon add their only white wine, a Pinot
Grigio. We really enjoyed the Sangiovese and their Tuscan blend.
The owner, Shaun Baylock has planted several Italian varietals that
we rarely see here. He has planted Nebbiolo, Corvina, Pinot Grigio,
Grignolino, and Multipulciano. Keep your eye on this winery in
the coming years.
open Saturday and Sunday 11-5
(530) 620-2063, Pallisandro
continue on Perry Creek Road for a short distance and turn left onto Slug
Gulch Rd. Travel up the hill about another three quarters of a mile and the winery
will be to the right. The Oakstone Winery is a relatively new winery offering
several varieties of wine. The winery is owned and operated by Jim Smith. Jim
produces some very good wines including a Viognier; an award-winning Meritage
Wine; and a fine Chardonnay. The Meritage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet
Franc, Merlot, and sometimes Malbec and Petit Verdot. The Chardonnay is not made
from local vineyards but made from grapes grown in the Carneros region of the
Napa Valley. It is an excellent value. If you are looking for a good everyday
red table wine, try the Slug Gultch Gold ($8.00). The wines are
available only at the tasting room or by mail order.
Tasting room open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 to 5pm
(530) 620-5303, e-mail: email@example.com, Oakstone
Ridge Winery & Vineyard
From Oakstone, head
east on Slug Gulch Rd and take a left on Vineyard View Dr and then
a left on Gray Rock Road. Colibri means hummingbird and this little
cute winery has lots to hum about. The wines are really good and more
than likely winery owner and winemaker John Alexander will be working
in the tasting room/winemaking room. The views are terrific and this
is another good spot for a picnic lunch.
Tasting room open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
(530) 620-7255, Colibri Ridge