Gwinllan Estate

About

Gwinllan Estate is a small family-owned vineyard and winery with panoramic views of the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Foothills. Our wines are a diverse collection of hand crafted wines which are all estate grown, something for everyone’s palate.

Location Description

Located in the scenic Sierra Foothills in El Dorado County our ridge top vineyard has outstanding views.

Features

  • Passionate wines.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Gordon Pack – Owner/ Winemaker

Jonathan Pack– Viticulturist and Consulting Winemaker
-U.C. Davis graduate in Viticulture and Enology.

History

The family roots come from Blaengwynfi in Wales and Bedford in England. Our careers brought us to the US over twenty years ago. Eventually, we settled in California. Our passion for wine making and growing grapes took control and changed the focus of our lives. After our previous experience growing grapes in the South of England, battling the Siberian winds, we decided to find the ideal place to grow grapes and make fine wine. Our search for an excellent climate, soils and terrain in Northern California led us to our current location in El Dorado County. Located an hour away from Sacramento or South Lake Tahoe, our vines grow at an elevation of 2,318 ft; this is above the Central Valley heat and below the snow line. The vineyard is planted on unobstructed south facing slopes enabling the grapes to ripen to their fullest extent. The soil is decomposing granite, which gives the optimum drainage and nutrient levels for producing premium grapes. With these perfect growing conditions, the vines produce excellent flavors and characters in the fruit.

We decided to honor our welsh roots and named the vineyard Gwinllan Estate (Gwinllan is vineyard in Welsh).

The Team

Chris Pack – Owner/ Operations Manager

Ben and Abby – Border Collies, providing chemical free vineyard vermin control

Practices & Techniques

Our Goal is to make great wines. We tend to the plants personally to ensure that we have the highest quality fruit. Our wines are produced from grapes that are estate grown and sustainably farmed.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The vineyard is located on a ridge top with great views of El Dorado county in every direction. A large southerly slope provides excellent sun exposure for the vines.

Awards

2016 Awards

2014 Blanc de Blanc California Champagne, Méthode Champenoise – Best in class Premium Sparking Wine – Orange County Fair 2016. OC Best in class awards
2013 Teulu (Malbec) Double Gold Medal Winner San Francisco Chronicle commercial wine contest 2016. Delightful strong berry flavors.
2012 Zinfandel – Double Gold, Best in Class, Herbert Memorial award – El Dorado County Fair 2016.
2012 Winemaker’s Selection, Rhone blend – Gold Medal – El Dorado County Fair 2016.

Previous awards:

2015

2010 Zinfandel – Gold medal San Francisco Chronicle Commercial Wine Competition
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Double Gold El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition
2010 Petite Sirah -Gold medal Orange County Commercial Wine Competition

2014

2010 Zinfandel El Dorado County Fair 2014 Double Gold-, Gold 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

2013

2009 Zinfandel El Dorado County Fair Double Gold, Best in Class, Frank Herbert Memorial Award, Gold 2009 Winemaker’s Selection

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Hours

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Address

7060 Fairplay Road
Somerset, California 95684
United States

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