There’s no shortage of delicious things to do in El Dorado County in springtime. If you’re a wine lover, or even just consider yourself someone who likes wine, Rocks & Rhones is one that should be on your radar.

Why, you ask? We’ve got five reasons why it should be on your calendar this year (and really, every year).

  1. It’s the only Rhone-specific event in El Dorado County

This is the only wine festival dedicated to sharing the award-winning Rhone wines that grow so well in Pleasant Valley, affectionately known as El Dorado’s “Rhone Zone.” Pleasant Valley is as beautiful as it is ideally suited for growing Rhone-style wines like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier.

Rocks & Rhones will feature five wineries, including Auriga Wine Cellars, a dog-friendly winery serving up robust wines and Holly’s Hill, known for its carefully crafted Patriarche-style wine. There’s also Miraflores, home to Wine Spectator rated wines, and Narrow Gate, whose vineyards are certified Biodynamic. Last but certainly not least is Sierra Vista, one of the first wineries in El Dorado County to grow and produce Rhone varietals.

Here you’ll find unique wines including those not unlike those found in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, along with dry Roses, delicious Zinfandels, and even sweet Sauterne-style wines.

Rhone-Zone winemakers in El Dorado County

The winemakers are looking forward to meeting you.

  1. It’s uncrowded, intimate, and low-key

Unlike some of the more traditional, larger wine festivals, Rocks & Rhones’ smaller size means you can chat with the winemakers and get to know their wines, enjoy the tastings in an unhurried manner, and savor delicious food and wine pairings in a relaxed setting overlooking Pleasant Valley’s scenic vineyards.

Rhone zone winery sunset | El Dorado County, CA

The sunsets around Pleasant Valley aren’t too shabby.

  1. The wineries are close together

All five wineries are within a four-mile drive of each other.  This means you’ll spend less time on the road and in your car and more time at the wineries enjoying the event. The Pleasant Valley wineries are conveniently located about an hour from Sacramento or South Lake Tahoe. Once you’re here, you don’t have to go far to visit the next winery!

  1. Each winery is different with its own distinct personality

The tasting rooms, the vistas, and views are all as unique as the winemakers themselves. This family of wineries does share one thing in common, however— their passion for making spectacular Rhone-style wines!

Rhone varietal wine pour at Narrow Gate

Enjoy Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Viognier. Photo: Stephanie Haisley

  1. The food pairings are gourmet, homemade, and go well with wine

You won’t find any hastily assembled cheese plates here. No, at Rocks & Rhones you’ll enjoy such delicacies as homemade braised short ribs, vegetarian shepherd’s pie, chicken skewers, and smoked street tacos — all carefully selected (and in some cases, prepared) by the winemakers to complement their Rhone wines.

Make a weekend out of it with Rocks and Rhones lodging packages.

Learn more about the event and get your tickets today. Because you don’t want Rhone FOMO.