Sierra Foothills Area

Sierra Foothills Area

Janelle and jeff without handsAbout an hour from Sacramento or South Lake Tahoe and a little over two hours from Reno or the San Francisco area, the wineries of the Sierra Foothills beckon visitors with a wide diversity of award winning wines, friendly tasting room staffs and idyllic views of snow-capped mountains and oak-studded foothills.

Our wineries are renowned for making vibrantly flavorful, distinctly delicious wines, grown in the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada. Many wineries have produced stunning 90+ scored wines on a regular basis holding up to the best the world has to offer.

Perhaps the most intriguing area of the Sierra Foothills region is the more limited area of Fair Play. This unique sub climate environment is ideally suited for the production of wine grapes of the highest quality. Porous granitic soils and a preponderance of ideal North to South ridges–combined with cool down slope mountain afternoon breezes are found in Fair Play. This unique mix of vineyard characteristics allows for the optimal development of deep intensity in wine grapes grown here.

Although traditionally known for excellent Zinfandel wines, the Fair Play region is ideal for production of Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera and other distinctly Northern and Central Italian varietals. At Palissandro, we continue to be amazed at the capability of our own sun, soil and microclimate to produce these noble wine grapes on a world class level. And it’s getting better every year!

Come by and learn with us how to understand and enjoy these wines. Our tasting room is casual and is set up for wine lovers to linger and enjoy!

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