Events: Sutter Creek – Amador Four Fires2018-03-14T02:00:24+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Amador Four Firesamador four fires event
May 5th, 2018

Amador County Fairgrounds – Plymouth, California

Amador Four Fires Festival (A4F), is a new concept of wine and food festival celebrating four wine regions that inspire the award-winning winemaking and winegrowing in Amador County, paired with international traditions of open flame cuisine at the historic Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

Distinct from the typical “walk around” style wine event, A4F embodies four wine-making regions which inspire Amador winemakers and winegrowers: Southern France, Italy, Iberia, and heritage California.

All wines poured will have been vetted by an experienced panel of judges and sommeliers. Guests can expect to taste wines from more than 40 wineries.

Not crowded together in a warehouse space, wineries for A4F will be spread across a ten-acre site, divided according to wine regions, with plenty of room to visit with the winemakers, sample the foods, shop in a bountiful “County Store” featuring locavore delectables, and visit with friends.

All proceeds from A4F benefit the Amador County Fair Foundation. A4F is co-produced by Deirdre Mueller (Creator of Amador’s always-sold-out Barbera Festival) and Craig Palmer.

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“Although John Sutter’s sawmill was about forty miles away, Sutter Creek is in the heart of the California Gold Country. Sutter made camp here, trying to avoid the gold rush crowds, but miners soon spilled in and made the town. Mining boomed and then faded…making way for today’s contagion: wine fever. In and around Sutter Creek you can mosey along sidewalks shaded by filigreed balconies.”  – New York Times 36 Hours

Yesterday & Today

The town derives it’s name Sutter Creek after John Sutter. Sutter as early as 1844, had in pursuit of timber, established whipsawing pits and an outdoor manufacturing business named Pine Woods. It was this area near the creek, which runs behind City Hall, that became the site of new and permanent settlement. It is told the settlement started because of a single tent raised there for miners to use on rainy Sundays when they could not get to Jackson or Drytown. Sutter Creek truly established itself permanently when Gold quartz was discovered in 1851 and the became a major supply center.

Among other notable historic landmarks like Knight Foundry and the nearby Kennedy Mine, visitors should take some time to enjoy the historic wine country surrounding Sutter Creek. Wine production in the area dates back one hundred fifty years, when pioneers seeking their fortunes in gold found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes. Today Amador County boasts over 25 wineries and is famous for its red Zinfandels.