49 Wines, Downieville, CA

I simply can’t say enough wonderful things about 49 Wines, Will Clark’s shop in Downieville where he makes each customer feel so very welcome. The motto of the shop is, “Taste the Gold in the Mother Lode”. The wine selection is terrific, with a lot of value-priced nuggets to choose from, but the real gold is Will.

Will Clark readily admits that his passion in life is California Foothill wines. He retired from investment banking in the early 1990’s, and with wife Jeanne, opened up his shop at 200 Main Street in Downieville. Jeanne runs the antiques and collectibles shop next door.

“We came here to do what we really wanted to do,” said Will. “People don’t expect us to be here. But really, Downieville is the first town north of Nevada City where you can find good food, lodging – and major historical lore about the area.” It all comes together in a mountain setting at the confluence of two rivers, with an enormous amount of Gold Country history. Will boasts a stock of around 50 wines.

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Latitude: 39.560214 Longitude: -120.82867 Elevation: 2894 ft
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Hours Open

10-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays

Seasons Open

Spring, Summer and Fall

Eco-Friendly Notes

Will features some organic and biodynamic wines. He also supports local wineries, including Tryphon, Grant Eddie and other Sierra Foothill wineries.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

Will has been a Downieville resident since 2004. He owns other businesses in Downieville, including Downieville Diggins and The Attic. He frequently sponsors and supports community activities by contributing funds, prizes and time.

ADA Accessibility Notes


Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome in the shop!


We were there last June from the UK. Be careful of Will he tells lies:) We asked what time he closed.He said 8:30 ish. We were still there at 11 pm. Great guy, loved every minute. I will send you a couple of pics later Will, Thanks for a brilliant time. Pam & Ian B

Pam & Ian Buller, 7/19/2012

49 Wines in Downieville is all about congeniality, connectedness and community. Will is an avid supporter of local wines and truly enjoys sharing his knowledge,charisma, and California wines with his guests. You may drop in for a taste but will spend an evening with the most entertaining host in northern California!

Michele Larkin, 12/4/2012

We were here for vacation and spent an enjoyable time with Will. He is quite interesting and knows a lot about the wine he sells. we left with some great stories and fine wine at a reasonable price. Be sure and give 49 wines a try.

Jackie and Penny / Reno NV., 9/19/2015

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