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el dorado county
With a storied history full of pioneers looking to strike it rich and those who kept them well hydrated, El Dorado County embodied everything the “wild west” was known for, and in many ways it still does. The first vines were planted in 1849 and a thriving wine industry reached its peak in 1904 with 2000 acres of vineyards. After the gold rush went bust, and prohibition went into effect, people started fleeing the area for city life and the wine industry all but vanished. Lucky for us, a new wave of pioneers ventured back to the area in the 1970’s determined to unearth the potential of the land.
Vines are planted between 1,200 - 3,200 ft, which creates numerous microclimates
Cooled by elevation, thermal updrafts pulled from the west in the AM and cool downdrafts in the PM
With an abundance of Volcanic + Granitic soils, wines of intensity and finesse are produced
Surrounded by rivers and lakes, the county is carved by powerful bodies of water
ron and chuck mansfield
One moment you may find yourself discussing the nuances of the various soil types in the area and the next you pivot to talking about the aging potential of Bandol rosé. Then suddenly, you are eating the most incredible peach of your life. The Mansfields are a rare breed. They are the embodiment of Foothills hospitality, while acting as true stewards of the land.
In 1978 Ron settled in El Dorado County to work on an irrigation study. Through this study he gained a wealth of knowledge about the various micro climates and soil types in the area. By the time it finished he had fallen in love with the region and made the transition to managing tree fruit and vineyards. Since the 1980’s, he has always put quality first, whether it be cherries, Fuji apples, wine grapes or peaches from his Goldbud property.
A few years ago his son, Chuck, joined the family business after working as a winemaker in Sonoma County. We truly appreciate Chuck’s depth of experience and his commitment to a shared goal of producing a wine that conveys a sense of place.