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5 Places to Visit in the Sierra Foothills

Follow trails and discover the historic wineries and towns of the Sierra Foothills. After wine touring, hike the Foothills state parks and pan for gold.
Photo by Meg Baggott

Retrace the trails that prospectors followed in 1849 through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Vineyards that produce a rich variety of wines surround quaint 19th-century towns.

 

 

 Sierra Foothills Road Map 

Map of the Sierra Foothills

5 Sierra Foothills Destinations

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    Sutter's Mill

    California’s first gold strike in 1848 took place at the northern end of this wine route, where Sutter’s Mill once stood. The historic locale is now part of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where visitors can still pan for gold.

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    Renwood Winery

    One of the biggest and best wineries in the Foothills, Renwood offers an extensive tasting menu, snack options and comfortable indoor and outdoor areas to chill with friends.

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    Terra d’Oro Winery

    The name translates as “Land of Gold.” This winery (formerly known as Montevina) offers a taste of history with its Deaver Zinfandel made from a 130-year-old vineyard, plus nine other consistently fine wines.

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    Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar

    Cozy and casually elegant, this restaurant in Plymouth serves arguably the best food in the Foothills. It’s a convenient stop for lunch or dinner after a tour of wineries in the Shenandoah Valley.

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    Columbia State Historic Park

    Stroll through the rustic Gold Rush ambience of the historic business district of Columbia. Shop from merchants dressed in 1850s clothing or grab a ride on a 100-year-old stagecoach.

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    See the Rest of our Guide to California

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Published on June 7, 2017
Topics: Travel
About the Author
Jim Gordon
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: jgordon@wineenthusiast.net.


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