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Driven Cellars

Driven to Higher Standards
Driven to go beyond that next curve and push your passions to the next level
Driven by the love of family and friends
Wines that are worth the drive!


Schmitz 24 Brix Wines

24 Brix is a family-owned winery who is committed to the old-world style of wine making. We purchase grapes from all northern and central California appellations such as Lake County, Livermore Valley, and Paso Robles to name a few to create our fine wines within the walls of our Barrel Room.

We follow natural wine making methods and gentle harvesting practices minimizing the bruising, bringing only the finest fruit to the winery. We harvest at or close to 24 BRIX, the natural sugar level we feel is the optimal ripeness that dramatically influences the wines quality and flavors. 

We ferment the grapes with naturally occurring vineyard native yeast, which imparts more complexity and richness to the wine. We then use our passion to handcraft food-friendly, balanced elegant fine wines, which make your taste buds ask for more!

We are excited to share our wines with you!


Amador County List of SF Chronicle medal winners

Check out our Press/Media section to see our 2021 medal winners at the latest SF Chronicle Wine Competition! Amador County continues to shine at this prestigious competition and after a two year hiatus, we are delighted with our results.

Bistro 49

Our talented chefs have over 50 years of culinary experience and a true passion for the art of food. We take great pride in creating the finest, freshest dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients, a pinch of love, and our unique creative twists. Executive Chef KC Brown refuses to compromise on quality, that’s why we source our fresh ingredients from our own local farm in Jackson and from our local farmer’s markets. No matter what time of year, you can be sure you’re eating the very best of the season.​

Kiota Inn

Relax in comfort in the historic town of Sutter Creek, when you stay at Kiota Inn. With quiet and spacious rooms that align with the historic charm of the rustic town, our hotel is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience a slice of life during the Gold Rush.

Gold Country Vacation Rentals

Enjoy Gold Country Hospitality! From the bustle and vibrancy of downtown Sacramento, to the rustic beauty of the rolling foothills…discover why California’s Gold Country is an ideal travel destination. Our region is considered one of the top destinations in the nation for wine tasting with multiple world-class wine regions surrounding.

Amador Harvest Inn

Amador county has much to offer to visitors. Award winning Wineries, fine dining, several live theatres, gold mine tours, cave exploration, several historic towns still thriving scattered along historic Highway 49, and the beauty of rolling hills covered with vineyards and oak trees are just to name a few. Come stay with us and enjoy the serenity of the Shenandoah Valley, where you can do everything, or nothing at all.