Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills AVA derive their unique quality from the mineral laden soils and the excellent drainage of the sloping hillside vineyard sites. This area also enjoys a cooler climate than neighboring appellations, and the intensity and complexity of the wines represent an extraordinary value for dollar compared to higher profile wines to the west. They can also still be sampled at small friendly unpretentious family-owned wineries.
At Sierra Vista Winery in Placerville, John MacCready used his engineering background to help him take full advantage of his hilly estate. Macready’s Chardonnay blends fruit from his 30 year old vines to create an elegant wine with notes of pineapple, citrus, and subtle hints of vanilla. The winery has also been certified sustainable by the Fish Friendly Farming Verification Program.