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Lava Cap Winery

2221 Fruitridge Road

Open: Year Round

Lava Cap is a family-owned winery in Placerville, California. The Jones family planted their first vines in 1981 and opened the winery in 1986 on a special site in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. The family of geologists specifically selected this location for its prime volcanic soil that is particularly well suited to growing fine wine grapes. They named their new business after this unique "lava cap," where their grapes flourish in the volcanic soil, warmed by the foothill sunshine and cooled by gentle Sierra night breezes.

Beginning with the first vintage in 1986, Lava Cap wines continue to win a steady stream of gold medals and awards from across the country each year. Tom Jones' winemaking philosophy is to express the elegant and complex varietal character from each block of the family's vineyards. He handcrafts each wine using artisan production techniques to create wines with full flavor and depth. Tom partners with his brother Charlie Jones, who manages the vineyards with sustainable farming practices.

The Jones family welcomes visitors each day to their tasting room. Discover the quality and consistency of their handcrafted wines in the beauty of a world-class wine region. Tasting is complimentary, with the exception of the Limited Reserve Wines List. We offer gourmet picnic items for purchase, including lunch baskets, cheese, salami, smoked salmon, and crackers.


Reynaldo Pena

Monday, May 21, 2018
This place far surpassed my expectations. My family and I had never been to a winery, so we did not know what to expect. I was attracted to the place because I read reviews saying that the views were great. When we got there, the lady at the counter made us feel extremely welcomed. She went way beyond what we expected in terms of kindness and customer service. She made us feel like home (we even took a picture with her at the end!). The wines were really tasty, and you can have a picnic with the views were unparalleled. Prices were also very decent. Definitely recommend coming. Definitely worth the trip!

jaqueline jac

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
this was my first winery experience and I must say I liked it! Wine was excellent and I left with a bottle of their Zen. #loveit The kitty that was there was also a beauty to look at! I will definitely be back for more! Thank you to the nice lady behind the counter for the warm welcome!

Michael Corba

Saturday, May 5, 2018
Always a good time and staff is extremely friendly! Best wines in the area!

Lisa Zauner

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
This seemed like a popular place. The parking lot was small and full. The views are gorgeous and there is plenty of picnic space. It was family friendly as well as dog friendly. Unfortunately I did not like the wine much but honestly I would go back just to have a beautiful picnic! Tastings were $5.

Denyse Olson

Friday, March 30, 2018
Great wine, friendly service. Beautiful setting

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