September 16, 2017 • 11am – 4pm
What is the Barbera Festival?
• An outdoor wine and food festival focusing on Barbera wines
• Among vineyards and rolling hills
• More than 80 wineries from all over California
• Top area restaurants and chefs offering gourmet food
• Live music by Carolyn Sills Combo and by Jesse Hendricks
• Local artists and vendors
• Beer and white wine available for purchase
• All net proceeds from the event go to the Amador Community Foundation to be distributed to local charitable causes.
Why a Barbera Festival?
Barbera is becoming more and more popular in California. We see more people excited about it, and asking about it, every day. Many California producers offer a varietal Barbera. Barbera is a great food wine yet quite enjoyable on its own. Still, Barbera remains fairly obscure. We want to bring Barbera to the attention of the general wine buying public.
Where will the Barbera Festival be held?
To continue to provide a premier guest experience while enabling more attendees to participate, and showcase another beautiful historic Barbera vineyard, we are moving to the original home of Barbera in Amador County: Terra d’Oro/Montevina Winery. Located just down the street from previous years’ event site, this larger location features a beautiful meadow spotted with ancient oaks tucked among hillside vineyards. With more elbow room for everyone, we hope to continue a tradition of a day of Barbera tasting like no other in California.
Tickets are priced at $50 and must be purchased online in advance.
• Ticket includes admittance, wine tasting, and commemorative wine glass. Food sold separately.
• Free parking is available on-site.
• No outside food, beverages, or coolers allowed. No pets other than service animals.
• This is a No-Smoking event. There is no designated smoking area on site.
• Attendees must be 21 or older to taste or purchase wine, and will be required to show photo I.D. as proof of age.
Terra d’Oro/Montevina Winery
Amador County, the epicenter of the Mother Lode, has witnessed its fair share of fortunes over the years. It was here during the Gold Rush that pioneers discovered treasures buried in the rich earth; it was also here that miners planted vineyards to quench their thirst. Little did they know that they’d be sowing the seeds of our eventual good fortune.
Today it is our privilege—and pleasure—to make world-class wines here in the Amador foothills. Terra d’Oro wines were first released in 1973 under the Montevina label, the first Amador County winery to produce wine since Prohibition ended. We quickly earned a reputation for crafting robust, full-flavored red wines, Zinfandel and Barbera in particular. Word spread, and a short time later, Amador’s historic wine industry was revived.
With 400 acres of magnificent acres of estate vines—including several historic, old-vine vineyards—Terra d’Oro Winery now produces uncommonly delicious Zinfandel, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. We’re incredibly fortunate to be part of the long history established here more than 150 years ago, and hope that if you’re ever in the area, you’ll stop by for a visit
From U.S. 50 take Watt Avenue south.
Once on Watt Avenue south, go through about three traffic signals (1 _ miles) to Jackson Road/Highway 16. Take a left on Jackson Road.
Stay on Jackson Road/Highway 16 for 31 miles until you reach Plymouth.
In Plymouth, take the last right turn in town which is Fiddletown/Shenandoah Road. Before the intersection, there is a sign to Fiddletown/River Pines. At this intersection you’ll see the El Dorado Savings Plaza on the southeast corner. If you leave Plymouth and find yourself crossing the Cosumnes River, you’ve gone too far.
Proceed a quarter mile on Fiddletown/Shenandoah Road to where the road splits. Bear to the left at the split and continue out towards the Shenandoah Valley. Less than two miles from the split, turn right on Shenandoah School Road. At that corner (Shenandoah Road and Shenandoah School Road) on the left, you’ll see a Terra d’Oro sign and Rinehart’s Ironworks.
Terra d’Oro is two miles up Shenandoah School Road on the right side.
A Green Event
The Barbera Festival is a Green Event and has taken measures to minimize the environmental impact of the festivities, including waste and transportation. All food is served on biodegradable and compostable ware and we recycle all glass, cans and pretty much everything we can.
Please help us reduce emissions; carpool with your friends!
For taxi service to and from local destinations call Gold Rush Taxi at 209-256-3828. Gold Rush Taxi will have cars waiting at the event.
If you are planning to come in a large coach bus, please let us know so that we can be sure to provide sufficient parking.
Meet the Founders
Brian Miller and Deirdre Mueller, owners of Amador360 Winery Collective tasting room. Deirdre is also the creator and Co-producer of the Amador Four Fires Festival, a new concept wine and food festival to ignite your senses, coming to the historic Amador County Fairgrounds Saturday, May 6, 2017.
You can find Brian most days of the week at Amador360, in Plymouth, the gateway to the Amador County/Shenandoah Valley wine region (open every day from 11am to 6pm). He is happy to answer any questions about the upcoming 2017 Barbera Festival, Amador Four Fires Festival, and other exciting events in Amador. And while you are there, try some wines by local, small-production wineries, Barberas included, With over 25 years of personal experience with wines, Brian loves to share his knowledge with others and help them have a good experience. “It’s a journey that begins with the first tasting that can be a surprise. It goes from there as each person discovers their own personal preferences.”
Brian and Deirdre have been heavily involved in the local wine scene for over a decade, both having worked at various tasting rooms in the region and organized a variety of wine events and fundraisers. “He is the brain and I am the brawn” jokes Deirdre. Brian oversees the business end of the Barbera Festival and coordinates the wines, while Deirdre manages facilities and day-of logistics. “As a couple that has gone to events for years, and run events, we want everyone who goes to the Barbera Festival to feel taken care of and special,” says Brian. “This is a very personal event with winemakers pouring their own creations. We want to ensure that every guest gets a chance to experience that one-on-one,” adds in Deirdre, “While enjoying delectable dishes!”
Brian and Deirdre have been a wine judge at wine competitions including the California State Fair. With 25 years of personal experience with wines, he loves to share his knowledge with others and help them have a good experience. “It’s a journey that begins with the first tasting that can be a surprise. It goes from there as each person discovers their own personal preferences.”
Amador360 Winery Collective tasting room is located at 18590 Highway 49, Ste 1 in Plymouth. They are open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm daily at amador360.com 209-245-6600
All proceeds benefit the: