Saturday, March, 02nd – Sunday, March, 03rd
11 am to 4 pm
Experience the art of winemaking at Amador Vintners’ Behind the Cellar Door.
Perfect for wine enthusiasts and newbies alike, Behind the Cellar Door is a weekend filled with delectable food pairings, educational seminars, and hard-to-find wines all in an intimate Amador Wine Country setting. Behind the Cellar Door is one of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere.
Behind the Cellar Door guests receive a commemorative wine glass for all of your weekend tastings, as well as thoughtful food pairings, themed seminars, entertainment and demonstrations guaranteed to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of remarkable Amador wines.
How does it work?
When you purchase your ticket through AmadorWine.com, choose your starting winery (from our 43 member wineries). There, on the day of the event, you will pick up your wristband, event program and wine glass.
Weekend Winery Events
Your ticket is your key to open the cellar doors at more than 40 Amador wineries. Pick up your wine glass and wristband and your chosen winery location and then make your way around beautiful Amador Wine Country.
At each participating winery location you will enjoy thoughtful food pairings and specially selected tasting flights along with barrel samples, seminars and demonstrations from our member winemakers and special discounts on wine just for Behind the Cellar Door attendees.
2019 Advanced Purchase Ticket Pricing (valid until February 25th):
VIP Experience – $95
VIP Designated Driver – $15
Full Weekend General Admission (Saturday AND Sunday) – $65
Sunday Only General Admission – $45
General Admission Designated Driver – $10
*Must be 21years of age or older to purchase and participate / Adult Only event / Rain or Shine/ No refunds.
VIP Exclusive Seminars
Andis Wines – Join the welcoming and knowledgeable staff at Andis Wines for a vertical (multiple vintage) tasting of our award-winning Semillon perfectly paired with unique cheeses.
Bella Grace Vineyards (Wine Cave) – VIPs arriving at the Bella Grace Wine Cave will be treated to a delicious cheese and wine pairing by Winemaker Michael Havill. She will guide you with her expertise about the relationship between the cheese and wine. Michael will finish the experience with Vino Doce (Port-style wine) paired with decadent Belgian fudge chocolate.
Cooper Vineyards – Join us at Cooper Vineyards where locally-renowned culinary expert, Doug Bellamy, will take you on a food and wine pairing journey. Taste our estate-produced wines alongside complimentary dishes to witness how the combination of two separate components elevates them beyond their individual quality. “That,” Bellamy explains, “is the passion of food and wine.”
Feist Wines – Join us at Feist Wines for breakfast and barrel tasting! Enjoy quiche and pastries from local favorite, Andrae’s Bakery, with Zinfandel, Barbera and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Feist cellar.
Helwig Winery – VIPs choosing Helwig Winery will be greeted with four specialty wines and four special hand-selected cheeses. This seated tasting experience will be led by our Private Tasting Manager, Jack Carrol, and will take place in our custom-built wine cave.
Le Mulet Rouge Vineyard and Winery (Vineyard Location) – Join us at the Le Mulet Rouge vineyard location for “Taste the Terroir” which showcases the different flavors coming from the same grape clone planted in three different sections of our vineyard. It’s a fascinating exploration of how sun, soil and temperature, across even a small vineyard, can make a huge impact on flavor. See the place, taste the wines, and start your day with Winemaker Tracy Hart at Le Mulet Rouge. (NOTE: This VIP Experience will take place at our winery location: 16915 Red Mule Rd. Fiddletown, CA.)
Scott Harvey Wines (Shenandoah Valley Location) – Start your VIP experience at Scott Harvey Wines with sparkling wine and a lesson on how it’s made! VIPs that choose Scott Harvey Wines for their exclusive seminar will get to see a demonstration by our winemaker of “riddling” – a process vital to the creation of those light and delicate bubbles present in sparkling wine. You will get to sip bubbles and enjoy a breakfast bite while learning a bit from one of Amador’s most acclaimed winemakers.
Terra D’Oro Winery – Want to know the finer points of the perfect appetizers for your fancy dinner party? Join us on the MEZZ at TdO with world traveling judge and cheese monger Mary Dedrick of Dedricks Cheese and Tracey Berkner, co-owner of the finest white table cloth in the foothills, Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar, as they teach you how to create the perfect charcuterie plate for your party!
Uphill Vineyards – At Uphill Vineyards VIPs will enjoy a 2012-2015 vertical tasting and food pairing of our estate-grown Tempranillo to demonstrate how vintages vary due to growing season and harvest conditions and how different foods affect the tasters’ experience of the wine.
Vino Noceto – Join us at Vino Noceto for a VIP food and wine tasting experience. Over the course of an hour you’ll be led through pairings of Vino Noceto’s award-winning wines (including Club Reserve Single Vineyard Sangiovese) paired with small bites including chocolate, charcuterie, cheese, and more! This intimate, educational experience will be guided by Noceto’s knowledgeable staff.
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