• Location: Lake Tahoe, California
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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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 six 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 six 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

What You Can Expect

El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

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 six 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 final three 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. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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

Gail R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!

Debra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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 !

Brian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Patrick R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Our guide, Snowshoe John, was very knowledgeable and informative about the Tahoe area and the old Pony Express route and history. Our first stop, the Boeger Vineyards was beautiful, the wines were great and the day was perfect. The other two morning stops paled in comparison but were still interesting. Our guide allowed us to call an afternoon audible and we stopped at the Jack Russell Brewery for some beer tasting. GREAT beers and a lovely afternoon...great end to the trip!

Bernie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The wineries we visited were very much out of the way, and we would not have found them if not for this trip.

Natalie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great wine tasting tour. Guide was so friendly, knowledgeable and informative. Excellent value for the money!

Barbara E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great time! Our driver, Snowshoe John, was very informative, giving us a lot of historical information about the area. He also provided us with a great picnic lunch. The wineries were lovely and the wines were wonderful. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting the Tahoe area.

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fun. The guide/driver was very informative and the staff at the vineyards friendly and poured lots of wine. The picnic lunch was ok in a nice setting.

Donna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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