One of the gems in California’s wine country is Amador in California’s Shenandoah Valley. Home to 40 wineries nestled in among mature trees, this scenic drive is among our favorite haunts. When the weather gets too warm even for Californians, there is a fantastic place to enjoy some wine where the temperatures are lower and the atmosphere is beyond cool.
Welcome to Helwig Winery’s wine cave.
My favorite wine at Helwig is the jammy Zinfandel. There are plenty of award-winning wines coming from this winery, but wine drinkers know: you like what you like. For me, I savor the depth of the flavors in the Zin. Other folks rave about the whites, such as the 2013 Viognier, which won Double Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Variety is the spice of life, and there is plenty of variety here. Have fun tasting your way through the portfolio of tasty wines here and choose your own personal fave.
The wine club here has some unique benefits. In addition to quarterly shipments of first-rate wines, members receive discounts on wine, special pricing on wine pairings, and discounted concert tickets at the winery. Members also receive wine cave tours at no charge, and perhaps the most unique benefit of being a member of this wine club is a once-a-year private tasting events in this gorgeous cave.
Helwig is so much more than a romantic wine cave, however. Look at this expansive tasting room.
This is a place for friends to gather, enjoy some laughs and take in the experience of California’s beauty. Recognizing its stature as a destination winery, the team at Helwig has created a calendar of events to keep you coming back for more.
Each summer, the winery hosts outdoor concerts in the terraced concert pavilion that will be the highlight of your visit. In addition to enjoying great Helwig wines, you can savor a BBQ dinner, arrange to meet the band, and even set up a group event in the Helwig wine cave during the concert for up to 20 people. On Fridays from May to September, the winery hosts Helwig @ Dusk, featuring live entertainment paired with delicious wines. And of course, this is a great place for a wedding or other social event.