Crystal Basin Cellars boasts the best team in the Sierra Foothills. Dan and Erich, our production staff, may not be on site when you visit, but you can be assured that their focus is on creating the most flavorful wines from local fruit. Our main hospitality team players — KZ, Debi, Chris, Melissa and Mike — provide a wine tasting experience that is one part fun, one part information, and a price-to-value that is second to none. We call our style of service “legendary foothill hospitality!”
All of our red wines are crafted from grapes grown within 30 miles of our winery, in the El Dorado appellation. Our growers bring us 15 different red grape varieties and we process them from grape to bottle in our historic facility. Access to such a wide variety of grapes allows us to create varietal wines from individual grapes. Our wines are regularly awarded medals in major wine competitions, helping guide our efforts at creating the most flavorful wines from our unique, high-altitude growing environment.
El Dorado grapes were originally planted by the gold miners in the 1850s and 1860s. These hearty souls created a legacy that we follow today by crafting the best wines in our own favorite style, and by showcasing the amazing flavors created by our soil, climate and precipitation. Our 100-year-old building has been a pear barn, a box manufacturing facility, an apple barn — and now it’s a grape barn! In fact, the building was the second winery to be licensed in El Dorado County after the end of Prohibition. We are proud to be able to refer customers to our neighboring wineries — especially those on Carson Road — based on their wine flavor preferences.