Sacramento may invoke images of Gold Rush history, state government and farming, but an upsurge of fantastic wineries is quickly becoming the center of attention for this historic region.
The city is surrounded on all sides by a diverse selection of wine regions that have achieved international reputation. Often referred to as "the Napa Valley of 30 years ago," the Sacramento region can best be described as an emerging yet thriving region. Still gaining popularity, the region has yet to succumb to commercialism. Most wine tastings are free, and visitors have intimate access to the wine-making process and the winemakers - many of whom greet visitors personally.
Be sure to check the Sacramento Wine Guide for a complete list of area wineries to scout the ones that best fit your tastes.