A group of 12 family-owned wineries in beautiful El Dorado County has announced a new informal Winery group. All are located along or near to Carson Road, which winds along vineyards and orchards between the communities of Placerville and Camino on the western slope of the Sierra Foothills.
The founding members of Carson Road Wineries are:
Auriga, Illuminaire, Jodar, Garnet Sun, Lava Cap, Findleton, Boeger, Crystal Basin, Fenton-Herriott, Ursa Vineyards, Para-Vi Winery and Grace Patriot
"We saw a need because we all share the same base of customers and those customers see us grouped geographically", said Mike Owen an organizer of the group. "The customers identify our common elements as our location along the Carson Road corridor and the fact that we all make great wines. There was a desire to provide visibility and recognition for the contributions of wineries of all sizes in this area. Our area is becoming recognized and well appreciated because we still don't charge for tasting and our guests get real interaction with people directly involved with the winemaking."
Grapes have been grown in El Dorado County since the Gold Rush, but died out almost completely during and after Prohibition. In the late 1960's, Boeger Winery, boasting a Carson Road address, re-ignited the winemaking flame in the county. Since then, a virtual renaissance of winemaking has taken place in the area and there are currently over 60 wineries in El Dorado County.
Carson Road Wineries Announces Premiere Wine Tasting Event on February 28, 2009
To celebrate, the group will be launching a common website -- www.carsonroadwineries.com - and a map of the Carson Road region. Additionally, members will host their premiere event for consumers on Saturday February 28, 2009 from 11 to 5pm. Titled Cuisine on Carson, this event will feature tasting at most wineries featuring complementary wine tasting and food parings.
Carson Road Wineries intends to develop and promote additional events as the region and the informal group gain momentum.