Rhône Varietals in Amador County

According to Amador County Wine Grape Grower’s (ACWGGA) Bill Easton, you have to plant grapes where they can achieve greatness. In other words, you need the right soil and climate for the right type of grape. Amador County is a prime location in particular for the Syrah grape, a Rhone varietal, because the soil is similar to France’s Northern Rhone region, and our climate is favorable to this grape.

Amador grapes are planted on farmland consisting of either granite or volcanic soils. Sierra series decomposed granite can be found in both the Shenandoah Valley AVA as well as Fiddletown AVA. Volcanic soils, consisting of Aiken loam or Sites loam are found more commonly in the Fiddletown appellation and at higher elevations.

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