Shadow Ranch Vineyard
Shadow Ranch is a small, family owned winery located in the heart of the Fair Play American Viticultural Area (AVA). Built in 1888, the homestead, old barn and original outbuildings have a rustic Gold Rush era feel atop a picturesque hilltop in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. We produce small batch, single vineyard wines from high elevation sites throughout El Dorado County.
Shadow Ranch embraces the concepts of sustainable farming and having as little impact on the environment as possible. The operation is solar powered and our vineyards are organically farmed. We explore soil, climate, and viticulture to illustrate the special characteristics that the geography imparts upon the wines we create.
Owner and winemaker Sam Patterson focuses on small batch, single-vineyard wines that highlight the high-elevation sites he farms throughout El Dorado County. Currently, approximately 350 acres within the Fair Play region are planted to grapevines, and this award-winning wine scene is gaining popularity and acclaim.