Sunday, August 4, 2013

Deaver Vineyards is awarded Vineyard of the Year

The California State Fair has awarded Deaver Vineyards, in Amador County, as the Vineyard of the year. There was a formal presentation at the California State Fair Gala. “It’s not something I applied for,” said Ken Deaver, who owns the vineyard with his sisters, Joey (Mary Jo) Bigwood, Betty Harvey and Fran Sargent. “I didn’t expect it. I found out about it when I got a call to tell me we’d won. I felt quite humbled.” Besides Vineyard of the Year, Deaver also received numerous prestigious awards this year. Their Henry's House 2009 Zinfandel- was given 96 points and won Best of Class of Region and a Double Gold medal, also at the 2013 CA State Fair.
Deaver Vineyard is rich in history. Deaver and his sisters are fifth-generation Amador County citizens. The family came to the area for the gold rush and homesteaded their land in the 1800’s. They ended up providing food and drink to the miners. The first vines were planted in the 1800’s and they still have a 15 acre block of original vines from then, 5 acres of vines from the 1850’s, 7 acres of vines from the 1920’s and the rest were planted from the 1960’s on, totaling approximately 300 acres of vines. “The old vines are much sought after.” said Deaver.

The Shenandoah Valley is a unique place where you can grow anything ‘dryland’(no irrigation for the vines). Because the soil has the capacity to hold water for the plants to mine it during the dry season, it produces a better flavor. “You get more production if you irrigate, but you will not get the flavor that you will if you don’t. Irrigate” said Deaver. The dryland growing and the age of the vines is what sets Deaver Vineyards apart.

The Deaver Vineyards Tasting Room is located at 12355 Steiner Road, in Plymouth. It is open 7 days a week from 10:30am to 5 pm. Visitors can sample the wide variety of Deaver wines, including 11 different ports, five or more Zinfendels, Barbara, Cabernet, Mourverde, Voigneir and more. In addition to the tasting room, the family also runs a bed and breakfast inn, there is a beautiful scenic pond and lawn area for picnics and weddings, and they also have the Amador Flower Farm which is open for visitors. For more information about the Deaver Vineyards or the wine tasting room, visit their website at or call 209-245-4099

Submitted by:
Lisa Klosowski 
Director: Sutter Creek Visitor Center

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