Shenandoah Vineyards

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Appellation: Shenandoah Valley, California Viticultural Area
Location: 12300 Steiner Rd.
Plymouth, California 95669
Phone: (209)245-4455
Winemaker: Leon Sobon and Paul Sobon
Tasting Room: Medium
Days/Hours: Daily, 10:00 to 5:00
Parking: Medium
Picnic Facilities: N/A
Red Wines: Zingiovese - Zinfandel/Sangiovese blend, Cab-Shiraz - Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Vintage Port, Black Muscat, Late Harvest Muscat
White Wines: Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel, White Port
Production: 30,000 cases


The Winery

Leon and Shirley Sobon purchased the 74-acre Steiner Ranch in 1977. They converted the ranch to a winery, with its main facility sitting atop a hill overlooking the pastoral Shenandoah Valley. The tasting room is located in a wonderful old stone building that was converted from a masonry garage structure found on the original estate. The walls of the tasting room are covered with incredible photographs, primarily from Galen Rowell, but there are other pieces of art on display and for sale in the tasting room as well. Just the photography display is worth the trip, but if come for the wine, you won’t be disappointed.

The Vineyards

The estate vineyards are all organically farmed and received California Certified Organic Farmers recognition in 2002. Their vineyards include Portuguese Port varietals, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc.

The Wines

The estate specializes in Mediterranean style wines, primarily Italian and Portuguese. They are known, as well, for several selections of their powerful Amador County Zins.

The Winemaker

Leon Sobon was a research scientist at Lockheed research lab, and a hobby winemaker, when he and his wife Shirley decided to leave the Silicon Valley of California and take up winemaking as a career and lifestyle. It was Leon’s love of the Zinfandel grape that drove them to the Shenandoah Valley. Their son, Paul, today assists his father as winemaker at the two family wineries, Sobon and Shenandoah. 

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