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Visit Amador County
Located just 45 minutes east of Sacramento and 2 hours east of the San Francisco
Bay Area, Amador County has much more to offer than just amazing wines. From
quaint Gold Rush-era towns, to delectable restaurants and charming bed-and-
breakfast inns, there are plenty of exciting adventures awaiting you.
The Shenandoah Valley and surrounding areas of Amador County boast over 40
wineries featuring a wide variety of grapes and styles. Twice a year, the Amador
Vintner's Association puts on valley-wide events featuring live music, food pairings,
seminars, and of course, wine tasting. In March, Behind the Cellar Door celebrates
the new vintages with barrel samples and a chance to chat with the winemaker.
In October, as the crops come in, The Big Crush lets you become a part of the
harvest with event-only specials, special tastings, and even a grape stomp.
To learn more about these and other wine events, go to www.amadorwine.com.
Caves & Gold Mines
Tour the deepest gold mine in the country at Kennedy Mine in Jackson and then
put on your hard hat and journey further into the Sutter Gold Mine to learn about
gold mining from ancient times to present day. Volcanos Black Chasm Cavern
boasts a world-class display of rare helictite crystals above a sparkling turquoise
lake 70 feet below.
Historic Downtowns & Shopping
Venture through any downtown and youll find beautifully preserved Gold Rush-era
buildings, now home to specialty boutiques, art galleries, antiques, coffee houses,
wine tasting rooms and locally-owned restaurants. Each town plays host to a
number of events throughout the year and most are free to attend. From holiday
open houses to springtime flea markets and summertime concerts in the park,
you will find plenty to enjoy.
Amador Countys nearly 10,000 foot rise in elevation from west to east makes it
ideal for year-round recreation: cycling through golden hills, skiing on the slopes
of Kirkwood, fishing rivers and lakes, or playing a round of golf at one of the two
golf courses. Spring and summer activities include hiking, swimming, boating and
To help plan your trip, visit the Amador Council of Tourism
web site at www.touramador.com.