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Experience Amador
California's "Wine Tasting" Hidden Gem

About The"Experience Amador" Tour

Your Experience is Our Business, So We Have Arranged 4 Unique Custom Tasting Experiences At 4 Of The Best Wineries in California for You to Enjoy in this Special Limited Time Tour!

Enjoy a different, unique experience at each of the 4 Amador County wineries we’ve hand selected for this tour. DiStasio Winery will lay out a private gourmet food and wine pairing with imported Italian meats and cheeses, while at Helwig you’ll explore their amazing wine cave on a combined tasting & wine making tour. Amador Cellars will spoil you as you enjoy a private tour of their passive solar sustainable winery, and Bella Grace will combine the beautiful views from their cave with tasting of artisanal oil & vinegar accompanied by their award winning wines. Weekdays you’ll enjoy a private tour of the Bella Grace Sutter Creek Gold Rush era house. As always, our private driver will pick you up at your door and guide you through your experience with great wine, food and fun! Please take some time to read about the wineries and experiences below. 

Estimated Tour Cost: $210 (1-5 people – 6 hour tour)

(varies based on people, time and in tour choices – tasting & pairing fees not included)

Helwig Winery

Website: https://www.helwigwinery.com/

About Helwig Winery
Helwig Winery invites you to join us for an hour, an afternoon or an evening to enjoy our award winning wines. Helwig Winery offers sweeping vistas overlooking lush vineyards, breathtaking views of the Sierra and Coastal mountains, and a sky you won’t believe until you see it for yourself. Come and share in the unique setting that inspired the Helwig family to call this beautiful area home and enjoy a meal in their on-site restaurant.

What is unique about Helwig Winery:
Dave Helwig had a dream to move to the wine country upon retirement. After searching with his wife Nancy for the perfect wine region to relocate to from Southern California, Dave couldn’t resist the charm and simplicity of the Shenandoah Valley. Here Dave, Nancy and Scott Helwig planted their roots, literally and figuratively.  Inspired by their own passion, they were moved to share the bounty of the area and chose to do so through their vineyard vis-a-vis fantastic award winning wines, stunning architecture designed to accent and mimic the natural surroundings, and an experience that visitors treasure. Whether they are hosting you at a concert, your own wedding in their beautiful outdoor terraced amphitheatre, or a private party or corporate event in their well equipped meeting and conference rooms, they offer something for everyone. Not to mention their spectacular wine cave, a tasting room with panoramic views, and incomparable food & wine pairing events.

Special Experience offer for the Experience Amador Tour with Destination Drivers:   Groups will be lead on a 45 minute Cave Tour through the 5,000 sq. ft. wine cave. As you sip delicious award-winning wines, their wine educator / tour guide will explain the wine making and storage process.

Wine Awards and Fees:

  • Best known for their: Barbera, Primitivo, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Grenache, Red Blends, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier
  • Tasting Fees: Complimentary Cave Tour & tastings for all (normally $10 per person)
  • Exclusive Tour Participant Offer: 10% off wine purchases (not available to couple with existing promos or merch.).  

Di Stasio Winery

Website: https://www.distasiovineyards.com/

About Di Stasio Vineyards:
Di Stasio is pleased to welcome you to Amador’s “Taste of Italy”. A beautiful tasting room modeled after a southern Italian enoteca surrounded by old vine vineyards to honor our Italian heritage, Di Stasio is truly a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Hand-crafted estate wines paired with imported gourmet antipasti offers an authentic Italian experience. The tasting room also features beautiful imported ceramics reflecting Italy’s rich art traditions.

What is unique about Di Stasio?
We are honored to continue and expand upon the work of those who came before us. Our family run winery sits on land that has been in our family and farmed continuously since 1911. The property features 108 acres, with 55 planted in grapes with 10 varietals. It offers a stunning view of the surrounding foothills and Sierra Nevada mountains. People love our delicious wines, our gourmet food selection and amazing location. Just 800 feet off of Shenandoah Rd, Di Stasio offers a very private and secluded rich history, a tribute to our ancestry, and a very authentic and lasting experience. Expressing the best that our vineyards have to offer is our passion and sharing them with you is our joy.

Special Experience offer for the Experience Amador Tour with Destination Drivers:
We’ll offer an experience that includes a vineyard tour and complimentary wine tasting, paired with a cheese antipasti tray. 

Wine Awards and Fees:

  • Best known for their: Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, Zinfandel Riserva and Red. 
  • Newly opened, Di Stasio has yet to enter competitions.
  • Tasting Fees: Food and Wine Pairing – $11 per person (normally $21 per person)
  • Exclusive Tour Participant Offer: 15% off 3+ bottles, 25% off cases (mix & match)

Amador Cellars

Website: https://www.amadorcellars.com/

About Amador Cellars: 
Our family-owned and run winery is located in the heart of Amador County’s lush Shenandoah Valley atop a beautiful 22-acre vineyard. At 1500 feet in elevation on soils derived from decomposed granite, with warm days and cool nights, our Mediterranean varieties are right at home. Showcasing Mediterranean wines, Tuscan architecture and a friendly tasting room staff, Amador Cellars produces estate-grown Zinfandel and Italian, Spanish, and Rhone Valley varietals.

What is Unique About Amador Cellars?:
People come to our winery because they love our__WINE!!! But they also love the family atmosphere (visitors often get to taste with or speak to the owners Larry & Linda and winemakers Michael & Ashley), the educational experience, and the unique old world style and charm of our sustainable architecture. Two-foot-thick and sixteen-foot-tall straw bale walls impart mass and depth while the roof is covered in rusted corrugated steel, giving the structure a timeless quality. Visitors love the unique, small lot varietals we make and learning about how they are made to showcase varietal character.  Handcrafted with age-old winemaking practices and not over-oaked, our wines are unfined and unfiltered to allow them to express their true identity. People enjoy how different each wine is as they taste down the list.

Special Experience offer for the Experience Amador Tour with Destination Drivers:   Private tour of the unique sustainable architecture of the tasting and barrel rooms and sustainably managed vineyards (no-till farming, all winemaking waste goes used on-site as natural mulch/fertilizer, minimal irrigation – drip only, and maintenance of natural ground cover) and why it was important for us.

Wine Awards and Fees:

  • Best known for their: 2018 Vintage, 2016 Vintage
  • Tasting Fees: 4 Complimentary tastings (normally $5 per person)
  • Exclusive Tour Participant Offer: 10% off 6 bottles, 15% off 12 or more bottles.  

Bella Grace Winery

Website: https://www.bellagracevineyards.com/

About Bella Grace Vineyards 
Bella Grace, named after two grandmothers, is a family owned and operated winery with an award-winning wine collection offering a wide variety of red, white, rosé and sparkling. Bella Grace offers wine and artisan olive oil tasting at their two locations: the Sutter Creek Tasting Room and Vineyards & Wine Cave in Plymouth. Enjoy award-winning wines, artisan olive oil, wine and cheese pairings, and more!

What is unique about Bella Grace?
A visit to the Bella Grace vineyard and wine cave offers a unique experience, offering panoramic views of the historic Steiner Road wine trail and many of the finest vineyards of the Shenandoah Valley of California.  Enter the underground wine cave and feel the temperature drop that the cave provides for perfect aging of Bella Grace red wines. The visit provides an understanding of the important winegrowing and winemaking processes that Bella Grace employs to produce its award winning wines. Enjoy complimentary artisan olive oil tasting—ranging from estate-grown oils to flavor-fused oils, and authentic Italian balsamic vinegars. Only enjoy white wine??  No problem as Bella Grace has one of the largest selections of unique and quality whites to taste in the area. 

Special Experience offer for the Experience Amador Tour with Destination Drivers:   Private, complimentary informative tours of the Sutter Creek house or Bella Grace wine cave (cave hours F-S 11-5; Sutter Creek House S-Th 11-5, F&S 11-6)

Wine Awards and Fees:

  • Best known for their: Barbera, Zinfandel, Grenache Blanc, Vereintino
  • 90+ points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine – 8 Awards (2016 – 2018)
  • “Best Of” & Gold at 2019 California State Fair – 5 Awards
  • “Best Of” & Gold 2019 for Vermentino
  • Tasting Fees: 4 Complimentary tastings (normally $5 per person – Additional tastings are waived with the purchase of wine)
  • Exclusive Tour Participant Offer: 10% off 4-5 bottles, 15% off 6-11 bottles, and 20% off 12 or more bottles.  Accumulated purchases by the group will be counted to quality for discounts

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