Amador County and wineries have shared a common past since the days of the Gold Rush. The D’Agostini Winery in Plymouth is one of the oldest in California. The winery was started in 1856 by Swiss immigrant, Adam Uhlinger. Some of the original vines are still in production. In 1911, Enrich D’Agostini purchased the winery and its 125 acres of vineyard. Today D’Agostini Winery is owned by the Sobon Estate Winery and is distinguished by being the longest running producer of Zinfandel Wines. The winery also produces Rhone varietals and dessert wines.
The original wine cellar, with walls made from rock quarried from nearby hills, hand-hewn beams and oak casks standing as part of the Shenandoah Valley Museum at the D’Agostini Winery location of the Sobon Estate winery. The museum is located in one of the original D’Agostini Winery buildings to display a collection of artifacts that tell the story of the beginnings of the area’s wine region.
As a combined result of prohibition and decline in area population, only a few wineries survived. Today with an ideal climate for wine-making, The Shenandoah Valley of Amador County represents an important region for California wines. Dozens of wineries dot the landscape of Amador and neighboring counties. Many wineries are family owned and invite guests in for wine tastings, picnics (bring your own or purchase takeout) and stores with wine related gift items.
The historical landmark is located on Plymouth-Shenandoah Road 7.2 miles northeast of Plymouth on the grounds of the Sobon Estate Winery.
Amador County was one of the most productive of the “Mother Lode” counties. The mine shafts were reported to be among the deepest in the world. Mining continues in select areas today. The eastern slope of Amador County begins at Kirkwood’s historic stage stop. The relatively narrow county is aligned between the Mokelumne and Cosumnes rivers and roughly follows an important emigrant trail route. Gold rush camps and boom-towns abound in the history of the area. Amador County is also recognized for its dozens of vineyards and wineries.