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Domaine Becquet

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Domaine Becquet

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Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolumme, & Yuba
are the Counties that make up the Sierra Foothills Region.
Within these 8 Counties are the sub-viticultural areas of;
California Shenandoah Valley (Amador, El Dorado);
El Dorado (El Dorado); Fiddletown (Amador); North Yuba (Yuba)

Amador County  
With it volcanic soil and hot summers is home to some of the states oldest producing vines. Zinfandel predominates here, though other red grape varieties are also grown.
Part of the Sierra Nevada Range this area is best known as California Gold Country, however it is becoming increasingly renown for the exceptional wine that is produced here. Prior to prohibition Mariposa was better known for it's wine grape cultivation than either Napa or Sonoma.
Madera County  
Madera County is located in the exact center of California, in the heart of the Central Valley and the Central Sierras.
Calaveras County  
Winemaking came to Calaveras County with the gold rush. By 1870 over 100 wineries operated in the
Sierra Foothills, more than Napa and Sonoma combined at the time. Today there are eleven wineries,
and approximately 600 acres of wine grapes throughout the county. The mountain climate and varied
elevations bring out the best personality of each varietal.
El Dorado = Diversity
The El Dorado AVA has a minimum elevation of 1200 feet: thus the vineyards are all in mountainous
settings. This means that there are a myriad of diverse microclimates adaptable to varieties from the
Southern Rhone to Chablis and Bordeaux to Germany. Much of the region is especially suited to the
varieties of the Northern Rhone. The grapes make award winning wines in this cool climate appellation."
Nevada County 
Nevada County is an old wine-producing district dating back to the days long before Prohibition, when red wine from the varietals, Mission, Alicante, Bouschet and Zinfandel were most prominent. Vineyards ranged from east of Grass Valley to the Cement Hill area north of Nevada City.
Placer County
Butte County
Yuba County
Tuolumne County 
Tuolumne County stretches to the top of Sonora Pass of the Sierra Nevada and includes the northern half of Yosemite National Park. Sonora is the county seat.

To see a complete listing of California AVA's click here 

Other Links 
Fair Play Winery Association 
El Dorado Winery Association 
Calaveras Wine Association
Amador Vintners Assoc. 
Placer County Wine & Grape Association




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