Fairplay wineries of El Dorado County

Fair Play Wineries in El Dorado Wine Country

The top wineries to visit in Fair Play


Skinner Vineyards

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. This is exciting wine country. Explore it!


Top Wineries to Visit on the Fair Play Wine Trail


• Latcham Winery – Cozy tasting room with friendly staff. Best brownies
• Skinner Vineyards - Amazing tasting room, view, and Rhone wines
• Cedarville Vineyard – Great Rhone wines, plus terrific Zin and Cab
• Gwinllan Estate - Estate wines, tasting in a wine cave
• Oakstone Winery – Excellent wines at reasonable prices, a throwback
• Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyards - The views and the wine

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Winery Descriptions, Driving Directions, Tasting Room Hours

Latcham Vineyards
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: latcham@directcon.net, Latcham Vineyards


Skinner Vineyards
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!

Tasting room open Thursday through Monday, 11 to 5 pm
(530) 620-2220, e-mail: info@skinnervineyards.com, Skinner


Cedarville Vineyard
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: info@cedarvillevineyard.com, Cedarville Vineyard


Gwillan Estate
After leaving Cedarville turn left at Fairplay Road. Drive close to two miles and watch for the signs on the left for Gwinllan Estate. Take the entrance and drive slowly to get a full breath of the views. Once at the tasting room you will be treated to some fine estate wines reflecting the terroir of the granite soils in the hilltop region of Fair Play. This is also a terrific spot to enjoy a picnic lunch just outside the wine cave. Only 600 cases of wine are currently made. We liked the Chardonnay and the Zinfandel very much.

Tasting room open Friday to Sunday 11-5
(530) 723-2879,
Gwillan Estate


Oakstone Winery
From Gwillan head back on Fair Play road towards the town of Fair Play. Take a sharp left onto Perry Creek Road, then a right on Slug Glutch Road. The winery is at 6470 Irish Acres Road. The Oakstone Winery is owned and operated by John Smith. John produces some very good wines including a Torrontes. This is a very floral white wine and Oakstone is one of the few California that makes this wine. Also on the list of wine to try, the Tempranillo, Barbera, and Zinfandel. The wines are available only at the tasting room or by mail order.

Tasting room open Friday through Sunday, 11 to 5pm
(530) 620-5303, e-mail: oakstone@innercite.com, Oakstone Winery


Colibri 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

   

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