Events: Sutter Creek – Amador Vintners Harvest Wine Festival2018-03-19T23:38:37+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Amador Vintners Harvest Wine Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018

AFFECTIONATELY CALLED “THE BIG CRUSH” held each year during the first FULL weekend of October.

Each year, we celebrate the grape harvest by inviting our friends to join our member wineries and get in on this most exciting time of year. Visit each of our participating wineries where you will be welcomed to our scenic foothills of Amador Wine Country by the entire wine community.

BIG CRUSH is a grand time to see the harvest in action and next year will be no exception. Saturday, October 6th and 7th, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you’re invited to see the Crush in full swing. Your ticket includes scenes of teeming vineyards, trudging tractors, and bustling crush pads accompanied by incomparable Amador wine region hospitality! Creative food & wine pairings, a variety of live music, and harvest activities are presented by warm & friendly family wineries.

How does it work? Purchase a glass and wristband at participating wineries online or at the event on Saturday October 6 or Sunday October 7 and then spend the weekend exploring all that Amador Wine Country has to offer! Each ticket includes wine offerings, food pairings, entertainment (at many locations), special offers at all 40+ Amador Vintners’ member locations and a commemorative Big Crush wine glass to take home.

Please join us and enjoy the sights, sounds, and aromas of this exciting harvest season.

Presale Tickets will go on sale August 1st, 2018.

Amador Vintners Website http://amadorwine.com.

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SUTTER CREEK CALIFORNIA

“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.