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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. 

Highlights

  • 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

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!

David G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

John our guide was excellent, as was the entire trip. It was an informative trip, plus the wine wasn't too shabby either... It was also nice to have someone else handle the driving!

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was awesome!! Snowshoe John was great, very informative.

Pam P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful venues, gorgeous scenery, delicious wines!

Nicholas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tout guide/driver made the trip very informative. He was a wealth of information.

mikevalerie84

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What a wonderful tour,The scenery and hx on the ride out to wineries was great.the wineries were fabulous.Bus comfortable.tour guide awesome and lunch was scrumpous!An all around great day trip,highly recommend

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