Big and Bold Flavors at 11 Placer County Wineries Yield 52 Awards from the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition

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Raise a glass of award-winning wine from the Placer County Wine Trail

Wise Villa Winery

“Our Placer County wineries are a tribute to the region’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN.

Placer County Wine Trail wineries won a total of 52 awards during the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, including the prestigious Golden State Winery of the Year award. These esteemed wineries, located just outside the Sacramento area in the Sierra Foothills, maximize the micro-climate of the region to produce award-winning wines.

“Our Placer County wineries are a tribute to the region’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN. “We are proud to have such talented growers and vintners who are dedicated to producing top quality wines made from delicious PlacerGROWN fruit in our own backyard.”

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Competing against nine counties within the Sierra Foothills Appellation, and 58 counties across California, the Placer County Wine Trail wineries have outshined their competition by winning a total of 52 awards including: two Best of California, five Best of Class of Region, seven Gold, 16 Silver and 21 Bronze in the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

“Great tasting wine curated from the fertile hills of the Sierra Foothills are no longer a hidden treasure of the local Placer community,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “The abundant natural resources found in Placer County allow for our vintners to harvest a ‘gold rush’ of award-winning wines.”

To tour these award-winning wineries, sip the artisan wine and taste the delicious farm-to-fork PlacerGROWN food, head out to the Grape Days of Summer on August 1-2. Tickets are available at For more information about Placer County wineries, visit or

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Media Notes:
To schedule an interview, private tasting, or tour with any of the region’s award-winning vintners, please contact Patrick Storm of Merlot Marketing at 916-285-9835.

Placer County 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winners include:

  • Mt. Vernon Winery – 4 Bronze, 2 Silver, 1 Gold, 1 Best of California Region
  • Bonitata Boutique Wine – 1 Bronze
  • Ciotti Cellars – 1 Bronze, 1 Silver
  • Davis Dean Cellars – 2 Bronze
  • Fawnridge Winery – 1 Bronze, 1 Silver
  • Le Casque – 1 Bronze, 4 Silver, 1 Gold
  • Lone Buffalo Vineyards – 1 Bronze, 1 Silver
  • PaZa Vineyard & Winery – 1 Bronze
  • Popie Wines – 4 Bronze
  • Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery – 2 Bronze, 1 Silver
  • Wise Villa Winery – Golden State Winery of the Year, 3 Bronze, 6 Silver, 5 Gold, 2 Best of California, 4 Best of California Region

About Grape Days of Summer:
Explore and taste the award-winning artisan wines of Placer County on August 2 and 3 during the sixth annual Grape Days of Summer on the Placer County Wine Trail. Tour the down-to-earth atmosphere of the Sierra Foothills while enjoying live music, fresh PlacerGROWN food, delectable wine and the local Placer County community. The cost is $30 per person before July 24, 2015 and $40 per person after July 24, 2015. The tour spans across 18 Placer County Wineries, all of which are accessible from Interstate 80 and Highway 49 along the Placer County Wine Trail, from Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle and Auburn.
Participating wineries include:

  • Bear River Winery
  • Bonitata Boutique Wine
  • Cante Ao Vinho
  • Le Casque Wines
  • Ciotti Cellars
  • Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery
  • Davis Dean Cellars
  • Dono dal Cielo
  • Fawnridge Winery
  • Lone Buffalo Vineyards
  • Mt. Vernon Winery
  • Viña Castellano
  • Wise Villa Winery
  • PaZa Vineyard & Winery
  • Pescatore Winery
  • Popie Wines
  • River Rock Ranch Lindemann Winery
  • Rock Hill Winery

About Placer County Vintners Association:
The Placer County Wine Trail is organized by the Placer County Vintners Association, a nonprofit association created to provide a forum for wineries to collaborate on events and programs. Together the Association also develops marketing programs to raise awareness of the Placer County wine region. The group believes that sharing best practices with all county wineries inspires the vintners to provide a high quality experience for winery visitors. For more information and maps, visit or call (916) 663-4486.

About PlacerGROWN:
Supported by Placer County, PlacerGROWN is the information source dedicated to educating residents about the freshest agricultural products the region has to offer. Through its website, social media channels, and other outreach programs, PlacerGROWN connects community members with the farmers’ markets, farms, orchards, ranches, wineries, nurseries, and specialty food stores in one of the most diverse growing areas in Northern California. To discover the bounty of agricultural products produced by farmers who call Placer County home, or for more information about PlacerGROWN, visit

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