Sacramento region wineries are fewer and farther between compared to those of the Lodi area, which about 40 miles to the south. In fact, Sacramento’s Cabana Winery has announced that it is moving to Lodi.
In the Sacramento region, it’s about quality and not quantity. Here are nine Sacramento area wineries to check out. All nine are within easy driving distance of downtown Sacramento–just off of I-5, I-80 or Highway 50.
At the bottom of this post is a Google My Map in which all the listed wineries are pinned.
City of Sacramento Wineries
We’ll begin with three wineries that have Sacramento addresses.
Frasinetti, which was founded in 1897, is one of the best known wineries in the City of Sacramento.
Now located in a small industrial corridor, the winery was “out in the country” for many years.
Fun fact: The winery survived prohibition by selling table grapes and making “altar wine” for the church.
The Underground Tasting Room
The Underground Tasting Room is located in historic Old Sacramento.
Owners Chuck and Yvette get high marks from reviewers on Yelp and Google My Business.
Most visitors also appreciate the ambiance.
Wines are sourced from Sierra foothills appellations, including the “Ultra-Premium” Twisted Twig wines which are produced in Placerville.
Fun fact: The tasting room is right across the street from the California State Railroad Museum.
Just east of the Yolo County line, at a bend in the Sacramento River, is Scribner Bend Vineyards.
Scribner’s wide assortment of red and white wines are generally in the $18 to $24 range. While the winery has a Sacramento address, Scribner is technically part of the Clarksburg AVA, which is covered next.
Fun fact: In the 1800’s the river bend was a vital shipping point. Produce, mail and passengers were picked up and delivered by steamboat.
The Clarksburg AVA
Last year, the San Francisco Chronicle called the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area “the little wine growing region that could.”
The Clarksburg AVA touches Sacramento, Yolo and Solano counties. It is near the northern fringe of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta area.
Across the river from Sacramento in Clarksburg is Bogle Vineyards. Nationally, Bogle is the best known brand from the Sacramento region.
Bogle wines can be purchased at many large retail chains as well as at local wine shops.
The fourth generation of the Bogle family currently manages the operation. They run a tight ship in order to ensure quality at scale.
Fun fact: All 20,000 of Bogle’s wine barrels are hand-stirred once a month.
One of the newest wineries in the region, Craig and Julie Russell began Julietta Winery in 2015 after they retired from their careers. They decided to pursue their passion of making quality wines.
Julietta has a wide range of red wines, ranging from Petit Verdot to Cabernet Sauvignon to Zinfandel to Pinot Noir.
Fun fact: A family friend from Italy pronounced Julie’s full name “Julietta.” That version sounded so good to everyone that it was adopted as the name for the winery.
Miner’s Leap Winery
Miner’s Leap is a family owned winery just outside of Clarksburg.
A century-old rustic barn and a nicely landscaped site makes for an excellent setting.
Fun fact: The patriarch’s great grandfather, Loyal Aubrey Miner, was a bootleg wine maker in Bothell, Washington in the 1920s. He eventually received a Presidential pardon.
East of Sacramento, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, are several wineries that are a quick trip from Sacramento.
Wise Villa Winery
To the northeast of Sacramento in Lincoln is Wise Villa Winery.
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Wise Villa is well known for its vistas and quality service.
Fun fact: Wise Villa was named “Golden State Winery of the Year” at the 2015 California State Fair.
Le Casque is located in Placer county. The winery specializes in Bordeaux and Rhone style wines.
The tasting room is dog, family and picnic friendly. It has a patio that overlooks a pond and a nursery.
Cielo Estate Winery
Located in Shingle Springs off of Highway 50, is Cielo Estate Winery.
There are 17.8 acres of vineyards planted to Rhone and Italian varietals. Cielo is an excellent setting for weddings & special events.
Sacramento Wine Map
You can zoom in and out on this map. If you click a wine glass, you’ll see a link to Google Maps in the left sidebar. From there, you can plan your route.