Veni, vidi, vino: El Dorado County home to over 50 wineries, just 60 miles from Lake Tahoe

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Nestled in the Sierra Foothills, just 60 miles west of Lake Tahoe's South Shore, El Dorado County is home to over 50 wineries with more than 2,000 acres of vineyards.

Stretches of grape vines grow harmoniously among rolling hills, tall pines and the American and Cosumnes rivers in a region with a rich history of winemaking.

In fact, the county's grape-growing roots date back to the California Gold Rush. As hopefuls flocked to the area eager to make it big, they brought the grapes with them. By 1870, El Dorado County was one of the largest wine producers in the state, just behind Los Angeles and Sonoma counties.

But declining populations, poor economic conditions and, lastly, Prohibition put an end to the county's wine production for nearly 50 years.

In 1972, after years of pear crops dominating the agriculture scene, Greg Boeger opened Boeger Winery in El Dorado County and...