Rancho Victoria Vineyard: A Blend of History, Beauty, and Award-Winning Wines
Nestled in the heart of Amador County, Rancho Victoria Vineyard is a gem that offers a unique blend of history, beauty, and award-winning wines. The vineyard’s story began in 1854 when George and Margarete Greilich, saloon owners from Drytown, decided to move their family to a peaceful cattle ranch. They purchased an initial 400 acres of Victoria Valley and homesteaded the rest. Over the years, the ranch evolved into a 120-acre vineyard that is now the focal point of the property. Today, the vineyard is owned by Jack and Victoria Sweigart, and managed by their son John.
A Tasting Experience Like No Other
Rancho Victoria Vineyard offers a unique wine tasting experience that honors the estate’s rich history. The tasting room, known as the “Scale House,” is a blend of rustic warmth and country elegance. Visitors can sip and unwind at the spectacular tasting room bar or relax outside on the exquisite stone-laced patios. The tasting room boasts one of the most striking views in the Amador Wine Country, making it a perfect place to relax and unwind with a glass of wine.
The vineyard offers reservation times starting at 11 am with the last reservation/seating at 4 pm. Tasting fees are $15 per person, which are refunded with the purchase of two bottles. Club members receive complimentary tastings. Reservations can be made online, by email, or by phone.
Rancho Victoria Vineyard is known for its award-winning wines. The vineyard has received numerous accolades at the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition and the Amador County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Some of their notable wines include:
- 2013 Red Blend: Gold Medal, 91 Points at the 2017 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
- 2014 Horseplay Red Wine Blend: Gold Medal, 95 Points at the 2018 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
- 2015 Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Reserve Syrah, and Horseplay Red Blend: All Gold Medals at the 2018 Amador County Fair Commercial Wine Competition.
A Wide Selection of Wines
Rancho Victoria Vineyard offers a wide selection of wines for every palate. Some of their current offerings include the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Primitivo, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 La Danza, 2018 Crossroad, 2018 Petite Sirah, 2018 La Strada, and the 2020 Rosé of Grenache. They also offer a 2019 Montepulciano and a 2018 GSM Red Blend ‘Black Label’ for those looking for something a bit more unique.
A Vineyard with a Mission
Rancho Victoria Vineyard is more than just a vineyard; it’s a place where the love of grape growing, winemaking, and the beauty of the estate is shared with others. Whether you’re a local visitor or traveling from afar, Rancho Victoria Vineyard invites you to explore and experience all that this special place has to offer. So why not take a step back in time, sip, and unwind at Rancho Victoria Vineyard?