Events: Sutter Creek Behind The Cellar Door2018-03-10T21:56:00+00:00

Sutter Creek Events

Sutter Creek Behind The Cellar Door
March 3 & 4, 2018

Experience the art of winemaking at Amador Vintners’ Behind the Cellar Door. Perfect for wine enthusiasts and newbies alike, Behind the Cellar Door is a weekend filled with delectable food pairings, educational seminars, and hard-to-find wines all in an intimate Amador Wine Country setting. Behind the Cellar Door is one of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere.Sutter Creek Event behind the cellar doors

Behind the Cellar Door guests receive a commemorative wine glass for all of your weekend tastings, as well as thoughtful food pairings, themed seminars and demonstrations guaranteed to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of remarkable Amador wines. New options and experiences available for 2018!

This event is designed to provide an intimate educational experience through seminars where visitors can talk directly to the winemakers and owners of our wineries, something that is truly unique to our wine region. In addition, each winery will be serving small hors devours to accompany it’s wine.

This event continues to grow in popularity by providing a true learning experience for anyone interested in wine or winemaking. The Amador Vintners Association’s goal is to bring a higher regard to Amador County as a wine producing region.

“Behind The Cellar Door” originally started as the ‘Amador Vintners’ Barrel Tasting’ in early 1994, with 17 participating wineries. In 2004, the name changed to ‘Behind the Cellar Door’ at which time the seminars were added. The member wineries have more than doubled since then, with some local wineries expanding into historic Sutter Creek.

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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.