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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

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El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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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
Gratuities

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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
A: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?
A: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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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during El Dorado Wine Country Tour from South Lake Tahoe?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
Oct tour
Darius_D
, Oct 2021
Driver/guide was excellent. He narrated tge trip and informed us if what ti expect and see. He also was very pleasant.
star-5
Wine tour
Laura_H
, Aug 2021
It absolutely could not have been better! The tour guide was extremely knowledgable & informative. He was friendly & fun. The travel route was just gorgeous. And the prepared lunch was really really delicious. I highly recommend this tour & would enjoy doing it again!
star-5
It’s a Must!
Vicki_G
, Aug 2021
Great tour. Very well organized. Lunch was excellent. Guide was a character! Beautiful views along the way as well as at the wineries.
star-4
Wine tour
Bynum_V
, Jul 2021
We really enjoyed the trip. It was informative and interesting. Lots of things to see on the way there and the way back. The 1000 ft waterfall was spectacular as was the scenic drive to the wine country. The wineries were nice and each was different.
star-1
Unable to attend and no response from group
Monty_P
, Jul 2021
Was unable to attend due to a last minute travel problem. I notified the group directly and was told someone would contact me. I never received contact to discuss options.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We apologize for not responding on time, we're short staffed and are doing our best.
star-4
Enjoying wine and making new friends
Vickie_M
, Jul 2021
The bus was on time and clean. Snowshoe John was very informative. We were happy to support the local farms/wineries. Enjoyed making new friends.
star-5
Cheers!
Laura_C
, Jul 2021
We stopped at several wineries along the way - Boeger Winery was my favorite….beautiful scenery, great wine and gracious hosts! Snowshoe John provided lots of great information along the journey!
star-2
Wineries were excellent, but driver was NOT safe.
Jerry_D
, Jul 2021
The wineries were excellent, however, the driver was reckless, driving too fast, driving one-handed, holding a mic with one hand and driving with the other hand. We did not feel safe.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for the feedback and sorry for not feeling safe on the tour. We're meeting with the driver to address the concerns in order to make passengers feel safe.
star-5
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.
star-5
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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