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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe, United States
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Visit the wineries near Lake Tahoe on this day trip to the El Dorado AVA (American Viticultural Area), a wine appellation outside the town of Placerville in the Sierra foothills. Accompanied by a wine guide, you’ll enjoy visits to multiple wineries, where tastings are included at the first three. Also included are a stop at Boa Vista fruit orchard, an outdoor picnic-style lunch, and transport from South Lake Tahoe. If you’re interested in wine or agriculture, this is a great way to see more of this region of Northern California. 
  • Day trip from Lake Tahoe to El Dorado wine country
  • Visit wineries in the Sierra Nevada foothills, former Gold Rush country
  • Sample varietals like merlot, chardonnay and sangiovese
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds of one of the wineries
  • Visit Boa Vista apple orchard
  • Tasting fees at three wineries are included
  • Round-trip transport from South Lake Tahoe is included
Your day trip starts when you leave South Lake Tahoe by minibus or coach for the approximate 1.5-hour drive along Highway 50 to the El Dorado AVA, a wine appellation near the historical city of Placerville, once the heart of the California Gold Rush of the 1840s.

With your knowledgeable guide, visit a handful of wineries, which enjoy picturesque locations near neighboring Apple Hill, a region of apple farms and other fruit orchards that dot the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The specific wineries you visit vary by day, but venues may include Jodar Vineyards & Winery, where you can taste sangiovese, zinfandel, or petit syrah while admiring a view of Blakeley Lake, and Boeger Winery, home to 40 acres (16 hectares) of vines that turn into varietals such as pinot noir, chardonnay, and merlot.

Tastings are provided at the first three wineries before your alfresco winery lunch, which typically includes items such as gourmet cheese, bread, deli meats, hummus, vegetables and fruit that you can use to make your own salad or sandwich. Then head to the other wineries, where the tasting fees are not included but you are free to pay for tastings on your own, if you wish (fees are sometimes waived if you purchase a bottle). Lastly, visit Boa Vista, an orchard known its baked goods, apple cider, and preserves, before making the journey back to South Lake Tahoe, where your day trip ends. 


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El Dorado Tour Rocks!
, Sep 2019
Enjoyed our tour of wine country. We visited four different wineries, each with a unique flair and history. Guide was both knowledgeable and personal. Learned many historic facts about South Lake Tahoe and surrounding counties. Don’t miss out on this tour! Ask for Snowshoe John as your guide. You’ll be glad you did. Many varieties of wine available for sampling and purchasing.
Fun girls day out
Andi C
, Sep 2019
Snowshoe John is absolutely fabulous. His knowledge of the area and the history made the bus ride even more enjoyable. Lunch was incredibly good and no where near any box lunch level. The wineries were wonderful, especially Chateau Davall. My future daughter-in-law and I enjoyed every minute and are enjoying all our purchases!
Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for taking your time for writing a review We're glad you enjoyed the tour.
Great day trip
, Jun 2019
Wonderful trip through the mountains with great scenery and weather from Lake Tahoe. Snowshoe was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable of area and entertained with great facts and stories. Wineries were diverse and all included wines of all types. Lunch was fresh and delicious. Great trip. Would highly recommend for a fun adventure.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you so much for joining us and writing a review for this trip and I'm glad that you had a good time.
This was so much fun and I highly...
, Oct 2017
This was so much fun and I highly recommend it for first time and returning visitors. Again, Snowshoe John was our host and he was entertaining and informative. Jodar was a wonderful winery with great wines, and Mitch the Wine Guy was very fun! Thanks, Suzanne and Vicki
The scenery was gorgeous and the...
Gail R
, Oct 2017
The scenery was gorgeous and the weather perfect for a day in the wine country. Our guide, Snowshoe John, was very knowledgeable about the area and entertaining as well. Highly recommended!
Great trip ! After a beautiful...
Debra M
, Sep 2017
Great trip ! After a beautiful informative drive you arrive in wine country. Everyone at all the wineries were super nice and a lot of fun. Enjoyed a great lunch at the third winery. After lunch you were given the option to either visit a another winery or visit a craft brewery which we chose to do. Fun way to spend a day !
The trip was a lot of fun. Snowshoe...
Brian C
, Sep 2017
The trip was a lot of fun. Snowshoe John knows a lot about the area and the history. It makes the time to the sites pass quickly. The first three wineries are definitely the best. The last three are ok. Basically sales sites for wineries not on site. But the one that pairs cheese with the wine is definitely worth the time.
Informative tour guide, good number...
Karen K
, Sep 2017
Informative tour guide, good number of tastings. Nice comfy tour bus. Lunch was a serve yourself sandwich buffet with food from a grocery store. No scenic sites for pictures. Very pretty drive but no stops for scenic views or pictures. Even the wineries were not on scenic winery views.
Loved it! We also went last year...
Vicki C
, Aug 2017
Loved it! We also went last year. The only thing I wish they would change is more time at the second stop. They have a wonderful Farmers Market and would love more time. The last stop was way too long. Should switch. Other than that it was wonderful and would go again.
Snowshoe John, our guide, was great...
, Aug 2017
Snowshoe John, our guide, was great! Informative and fun. We were a bit ahead of schedule and he gave us a mini-side trip to Hangtown with the background on the name. All in all a fun day!

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