Story Winery is in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains not very far from where we live. It’s a great local winery that makes one of my favorite Zinfandels. In fact, one could argue that it is one of the best in the area.
Story Winery is a boutique winery that was one of the very first in the Amador area and has been making wine for over 40 years. Rob & Tina Campbell, although not the first to own and operate Story Winery, have been the current owners and Winemakers for the past few years.
The very first time I visited the winery I had taken the back road. It was rugged and less than desirable; I thought I was lost. The second time I visited I was better informed and used the preferred road (still a charming one lane country road) to get to their tasting room. It is a beautiful area so it’s not something anyone would ever mind doing.
Story Winery is most recognized for their Zinfandel wines. The topography, climate and soil composition make it an ideal location to grow Zinfandel grapes. They practice dry farming which means they depend solely on mother nature and what rainfall she provides.
When the weather is good and, friends are visiting, I’ll pack a picnic, and we will head out to the Amador Wine Region. One of our “must-stops” is Story Winery where we will have our picnic. You can’t beat the location. The views overlooking the valley below are fabulous.
Among the many excellent wines Story Winery produces, the wine we always seem to gravitate to is their Hilltop Zinfandel. We’ll often buy a case because it’s one of our favorites. Unfortunately, you can only buy their wine from them directly. By doing that, they’re able to keep the cost down to the consumer. Here is the link to their online store. If you’re not sure what you’d like, pick up the phone, give them a call. They’ll guide you in the right direction. Besides, they’re fun to talk too about the many choices they have available.
This is what their winemaker, has to say about their Hilltop Zinfandel:
” This wine is rich and mellow with delicate berry flavors and a hint of residual sugar (3%). You can enjoy this with all your favorite foods!”
If you’re in the area and have a chance, please be sure to stop by this charming boutique winery. Bring a picnic, relax and stay awhile. You’ll not be disappointed.
Time for a glass…
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