El Dorado
The El Dorado AVA is comprised of rugged, mountainous terroir. The thin, austere soils of the region are ideal for Zinfandel. While best known for Zinfandel, El Dorado wineries excel at producing several other grapes as well.

During growing season, the climate of El Dorado is generally sunny with warm days and cool nights. Like most wine growing regions in the Sierra Foothills, the terrain of El Dorado is composed of very unfertile soil that is suited for high quality grape growing. El Dorado Wineries grow their vines in decomposed granite soil on elevated mountain slopes. Local wines are quite robust and have strong personalities. Flavor concentration is rarely an issue here, but balance can be.

The history of wine production in El Dorado Wine Country dates to the mid 19th century. In 1848, gold was discovered near one of John Sutter’s sawmills. This caused an enormous influx of young single men to arrive in the region. After a long day searching for gold, they wanted something to drink. A number of El Dorado Wineries were established to cater to this market. (Wine/Appellations)
El Dorado
Bittering & Aroma hop with tropical flavors of mango & pineapple and aromas of watermelon, pear, and candied stone fruit used in IPAs, APAs, DIPAs, and American Wheat beers. Similar to Simcoe and Galena. Commercial examples of El Dorado include: Firestone Walker Helldorado, Stone Go To IPA. (Beer/Hops)