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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit the wineries near Lake Tahoe on this day trip to the El Dorado AVA (American Viticultural Area), a wine appellation outside the town of Placerville in the Sierra foothills. Accompanied by a wine guide, you’ll enjoy visits to multiple wineries, where tastings are included at the first three. Also included are a stop at Boa Vista fruit orchard, an outdoor picnic-style lunch, and transport from South Lake Tahoe. If you’re interested in wine or agriculture, this is a great way to see more of this region of Northern California. 
  • Sample varietals like merlot, chardonnay and sangiovese
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds of one of the wineries
  • Tasting fees at three wineries are included
  • Round-trip transport from South Lake Tahoe is included
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Transport by air-conditioned shuttle bus or coach
Wine tasting fees at first 3 wineries
Picnic lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Tasting fees at additional winery or microbrewery, waived with purchase
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort departure time: 7:55am
Marriott Resorts departure time: 8:00am
MontBlue casino departure time: 8:05am

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your day trip starts when you leave South Lake Tahoe by minibus or coach for the approximate 1.5-hour drive along Highway 50 to the El Dorado AVA, a wine appellation near the historical city of Placerville, once the heart of the California Gold Rush of the 1840s.

With your knowledgeable guide, visit a handful of wineries, which enjoy picturesque locations near neighboring Apple Hill, a region of apple farms and other fruit orchards that dot the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The specific wineries you visit vary by day, but venues may include Jodar Vineyards & Winery, where you can taste sangiovese, zinfandel, or petit syrah while admiring a view of Blakeley Lake, and Boeger Winery, home to 40 acres (16 hectares) of vines that turn into varietals such as pinot noir, chardonnay, and merlot.

Tastings are provided at the first three wineries before your alfresco winery lunch, which typically includes items such as gourmet cheese, bread, deli meats, hummus, vegetables and fruit that you can use to make your own salad or sandwich. Then head to the other wineries, where the tasting fees are not included but you are free to pay for tastings on your own, if you wish (fees are sometimes waived if you purchase a bottle). Lastly, visit Boa Vista, an orchard known its baked goods, apple cider, and preserves, before making the journey back to South Lake Tahoe, where your day trip ends. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Boa Vista Orchards
Guests will have a chance to sample local produce and taste goods from the bakery. Wine Tasting is also included.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Boeger Winery
This is one of the oldest wineries in the region where guests will get a tour of Boeger and learn about the rich history. Wine Tasting of course is included as well.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Crystal Basin Cellars
Wine tasting - optional. $5.00 charge but will be waived with the wine purchase
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Chateau Davell
Wine tasting and picnic lunch
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Must be 21 years old to consume alcohol
  • It is recommended that you bring water
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Lake Tahoe Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
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The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
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This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Great day!
Timothy_S
, Jun 2021
You will not regret this tour. Our guide was amazing. He was so full of knowledge. He was on time and very professional. I absolutely loved the picnic lunch. He prepared for every dietary restriction. The first stop was the best Boa Vista. Be prepared to shop. The second stop. Borger Winer was full of photo opportunities. Where we had lunch the owner is a fantastic artist he designed all the labels. His hard cider was delicious. Chateaux Davall the atmosphere is awesome. Our final stop Hwy 50 brewery great. The young lady behind the counter was friendly and full of knowledge. The beer and handicraft soda was delicious.
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Great wine tour!
Natividad_K
, May 2021
A wonderful day to see the countryside outside of Lake Tahoe and meeting people from other parts of the country. As a return customer, Snowshoe Joe never fails to make this trip an enjoyable one!
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Gorgeous and worth every penny!
Kraig_K
, May 2021
Guide was great, bus very nice, all wineries were beautiful, wine and food delicious, and the views were breathtaking!
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Great tour.
Crawford_B
, May 2021
Although we didn't like all the wines we tasted, It was a great tour. The guide was outstanding. We would recommend to others.
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A must Tour
Gerald_R
, Sep 2020
Great trip. Snowshoe John an excellent guide. Very interesting info during the trip and always ready to answer questions. Very nice wineries. All a little different. And a tasty picnic. Highly recommend this tour.
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Awesome tour!!!
Melissa_Y
, Aug 2020
Great tour! Highly recommend to anyone in the area. Snowshoe Jon was a great tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and taught us plenty of great things about the area. The wineries we stopped at were amazing and the picnic lunch was perfect. I felt like we got way more than what we paid for! GREAT GREAT GREAT DAY!!!!
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Wine country exploring
Jane_M
, Aug 2020
Snowshoe John was excellent tour guide! Tour was very interesting! Enjoyed seeing the grapes growing and the countryside!
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wine tour
Pamela_w
, Jul 2020
Tour operator was great. Nice views great lunch. Wish we had a little more time at each place. Felt a little rushed.
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El Dorado Tour Rocks!
NPNETTE
, Sep 2019
Enjoyed our tour of wine country. We visited four different wineries, each with a unique flair and history. Guide was both knowledgeable and personal. Learned many historic facts about South Lake Tahoe and surrounding counties. Don’t miss out on this tour! Ask for Snowshoe John as your guide. You’ll be glad you did. Many varieties of wine available for sampling and purchasing.
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Fun girls day out
Andi C
, Sep 2019
Snowshoe John is absolutely fabulous. His knowledge of the area and the history made the bus ride even more enjoyable. Lunch was incredibly good and no where near any box lunch level. The wineries were wonderful, especially Chateau Davall. My future daughter-in-law and I enjoyed every minute and are enjoying all our purchases!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you so much for taking your time for writing a review We're glad you enjoyed the tour.
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