Fiddletown AVA

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Amador county’s Fiddletown AVA adjoins the upper, eastern end of California Shenandoah Valley, in the Sierra Nevada Mountain foothills east of the town of Plymouth. Amid rolling meadows and patchy pine forest, it grows some of the state’s oldest plantings of zinfandel in a region now most famous for that grape, and going back to gold rush days. There are few wineries in this AVA, but many elsewhere in Amador county purchase Fiddletown grapes.