El Dorado County is an easy place for wine lovers to navigate, even for the ones who set foot here for the first time. Most of the popular and familiar wineries are located in the heart of the region with eye-catching signs to direct guests towards them. However, many of the best wineries in El Dorado are relatively obscure, with most of them still being family-run and some by appointment-only. To add to the aura of mystery, they are usually tucked away from the city center. But if you want to taste some exquisite wines while submersing yourself in a truly El Dorado experience, here are some of the under-the-radar wineries you must visit:

E16 winery toast - El Dorado County

 1. E16

 

You’ll immediately be enamored by the relaxed charm of this winery that is located in Somerset. E16 is in an idyllic vineyard flanked by rolling hills. It’s the perfect place to be at if you want to partake in a unique tasting session that lets you sip on critically-acclaimed, sustainably-produced wines. Their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are some of the best that the region has to offer.

 

Element 79 Tasting Room

 

2. Element 79

 

Element 79’s official website says that the winery was born out of the owners’ love for wine and winemaking, and that becomes evident once you walk into this beautiful winery located in Fair Play. Sip on delectable wines that include reds, white, and even oranges while enjoying the gorgeous vistas of the vineyard that surround Element 79. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab a few bites from their cheese plate. It’s delicious!

 

Fall lake views Starfield Vineyards El Dorado County 

3. Starfield

 

Starfield isn’t open to the public yet, but you can arrange a private tasting by appointment. This picturesque winery, which is located a few minutes off Highway 50 in Placerville, offers an excellent range of wines. The Lake Pavilion, where they arrange the private tastings, overlooks a lake and offers a serene atmosphere that truly elevates the experience. Some of the wines you should try here are the Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, and Tempranillo.

 

When you visit El Dorado County for the wines, these hidden gems are definitely worth exploring!