Fair Play AVA – El Dorado County – Sierra Foothills
Welcome to one of the highest elevation vineyard / winery sites within in the Fair Play AVA in El Dorado County. DK Cellars is located between Colibri Ridge Winery and Oakstone Winery. This wonderful Sierra Foothills wine country setting provides spectacular views of rolling vineyards and distant mountains.
Winery, Tasting Room, & Vineyard
This turn-key opportunity consists of separate winery facility and tasting room building, both constructed in 2005 and in excellent condition. The tasting room faces vineyard views, has a large parking area, and a grassy picnic area to enjoy the outdoors. The tasting room is modern and very functional. The winery building is set along the edge of the vineyard and bordered by large mature oak trees. There is plenty of room to maneuver around the facility and potential to expand if desired. The 10 acre estate vineyard consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. There is additional plantable land for future plantings.
Last but not least, there are multiple home site areas to choose from. Whether you would like to look immediately out over your vines, or have a long distant view with complete privacy, the choice is yours.
Inquire today to set up a private showing.
To learn more about the Fair Play AVA, click below on Additional Info.
Fair Play AVA
What is the meaning of an AVA? The process begins with an lengthy application where one has to make the case, citing geography, soils, climate, winegrape growing history and current winegrape growing activities, are so unique that special status listed in the Federal Registry and allowed to put on the bottle’s wine label is justified. Well some AVAs are so large with such a diversity of all of the above that one has to wonder what’s the point. But Fair Play is the ultimate and correct use of the term AVA.
Small in comparison to most AVAs, Fair Play’s 36 square miles is located atop a giant granite monolith between the 2,000 and 3,000 foot elevation. Totally within the Cosumnes River’s three forks the planted and plantable acreage is found on the ridges between the river canyons. The soils are mainly Shaver series which are coarse sandy loams made from the weathered Granodiorite below. Unique is the depth of these mountain soils averaging 60 inches but in some places up to 10 feet.
With 40 inches of annual rainfall and deep soils, the oldtimers of the Gold Rush era dry-farmed their vineyards. Nowadays that is possible, some do it, but most supplement with what little bit of water their lucky to have in their hardrock wells. The growing season at this elevation is a bit shorter than that of Amador’s Shenandoah Valley or Calaveras County and the grapes’ flavor profiles reflect this difference. No where are the similarities more consistent than within this little AVA called Fair Play.
There’s a couple of interesting slogans associated with Fair Play: “Once there were mines, now its fine wines” and “Wines with an Altitude”.
Fair Play’s oldest winery Fitzpatrick’s opened in 1980 followed by three more during the 1980s. Another 4 wineries were added during the 1990s but since then the explosion of wineries is headed toward 30 which, I believe makes Fair Play the most populated wineries per capita anywhere in the world.