Vineyards in the 2.6 million-acre Sierra Foothills AVA enjoy the mineral laden soils and excellent drainage of its mostly hilly or sloping sites. The area enjoys a cooler climate than neighboring mountainous appellations and the intensity and complexity of the wines created here can be sampled at many small family-owned wineries.
At Sierra Vista Winery in Placerville, John Maccready used his engineering background to help him develop vineyard sites that took full advantage of the excellent drainage of his estate. He now produces wines of exceptional quality and value for price.
Terre Rouge and Easton Wines is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Their fruit is culled from vineyards in four Sierra Foothill counties: Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and the Clements Hills appellation. They farm their vineyards in a sustainable manner and derive the bulk of their electrical power from solar panels located on the roof of their winery building. Winemaker Bill Easton has developed a great portfolio of Rhône varietal based wines under the Terre Rouge label and uses his own name for various other vinous expressions.