Escape into the intricate world of wine with a private Baja Limo El Dorado County Wine Tour.
Just 45 minutes east of Sacramento on Hwy 50, El Dorado County wineries welcome visitors with a wide variety of award-winning wines, beautiful vineyard estates and tranquil views of snow-capped mountains and oak-studded foothills. The region’s wineries are renowned for making vividly flavorful, distinctly enjoyable wines, grown in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. El Dorado County is home to more than 2,000 acres of vines which landscape approximately 50 wineries and produces some of California’s most sophisticated wines.
El Dorado grows several different varieties of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Barbera and Chardonnay. El Dorado County boasts many family-owned wineries, representing El Dorado’s major vintners, the largest growers are Boeger Winery, Madroña Vineyards and Lava Cap Winery. Some of our other favorites include Grace Patriot Wines, David Girard Vineyards and Gold Hill Vineyards all located in Placerville.
In the summer season some wineries host evening and weekend concerts where you can sit with a picnic on the deck or in the gardens and listen to music while you sip a glass of wine in the glow of the foothills. Annually in April, El Dorado Vintners hosts a, “Passport Event”, which takes place over two weekends and gives ticket holders the opportunity to visit 20+ wineries while enjoying wine tasting with winemakers and sampling perfectly paired foods and live music all while enjoying the intimacy of the Sierra Foothills. Participants are encouraged to keep track of their weekend wine excursions by using their passports to collect stamps at each winery; completed passports submit the holder in a drawing for two complimentary 2018 Passport Weekend tickets. This event is widely popular for group transportation with Baja Limo and is always an eventful, memorable experience for all attendees. We highly recommend attending this event.
During your El Dorado Wine Tour make a stop at the famous High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill and treat yourself to an orchard visit and a stop at The Fudge Factory for some sweet treats to pair with your wine. Visitors from all around Northern California travel to the Apple Hill area in the fall to take advantage of the farmers markets and orchard experiences. Apple Hill offers a huge variety of apple and fruit farms, bake shops, wineries, a spa, flower gardens, wedding spots, berry farms, and Christmas tree groves. Let Baja Limo navigate you through the winding roads and scenic beauty of this famous part of El Dorado County.
There are some great dining options to add to your Wine Tour, such as; The Independent Restaurant and Bar, located on historic Main St. in Placerville, a dining destination presenting an outstanding American fusion menu. Independent features an expansive brunch, lunch and dinner menu coupled with a modern rustic setting where you can choose to dine fireside under the stars in the private garden patio. Another very popular venue is the newly remolded, historic Poor Red’s, located in the town of El Dorado which has for almost 70 years brought people from all over California to enjoy great barbequed food and famous Golden Cadillac cocktails. In 1999 Galliano proclaimed Poor Red’s as the largest consumer in the world, responsible for the purchase of 3% of the entire American Market of Galliano Liqueur. And lastly, we recommend The Historic Smith Flat House, which was recently restored and reopened, offering an expansive gourmet menu. The bar entrance is actually an 1800’s goldmine and the bar area is featured in an old cellar, which Mark Twain is rumored to have sat at and written about. These restaurant options are a great stop to compliment your El Dorado County Wine Tour!
Let our knowledgeable drivers guide you, in a well-appointed luxury vehicle, on a tour of this wine frontier in the foothills. Our fleet consists of only cutting edge new vehicles, including; party buses, corporate shuttles, stretch limousines, sedans and SUV’s. Baja Limo maintains reliable equipment, safety certified drivers and competitive rates which combined make for a great experience for our clients. Baja Limo has a distinct advantage with almost 30 years’ of experience crafting wine tours customized to your taste. Our staff of wine specialists have first-hand knowledge of the wineries, who can best take care of our clients. Sit back and relax as we navigate you through El Dorado County’s Wine Trail and discover the hidden gems of this region. Call Baja Limo and let our wine tour experts help plan your trip today.