Exploring Kennedy Meadows in Sonora. Rachael Moore (CC) On Highway 49 you’ll find a string of Gold Rush-era… Read more.
Starfield Vineyards planted 31 acres of grapes on their hillside vineyards east of Placerville, choosing only varieties which grow in southern Europe near the Mediterranean Sea. These Rhône, Italian and Spanish varieties are traditionally grown on rocky hillsides in warm Mediterranean climates. There they produce delicate, floral white wines, and savory, robust red wines. These varieties are called their “Mountain Mediterraneans.”
They also have planted seventeen different varieties in twenty-four blocks of roughly 1.5 acres each. That small block size allows placement of each variety in its preferred microclimate, while allowing an entire block to ripen evenly, so they can harvest each variety at optimum maturity.
Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on the property’s 3 miles of dog-friendly nature trails.