Lava Cap Winery
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.
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.
The wines from top to bottom were excellent. All were well crafted and priced appropriately. The Petite Sirah was the best I've had in years. Beautiful picnic area with amazing views of the vineyard and Sierra Foothills. I felt like I was back in Tuscany.
Great summer concert series with an incredible view! The wines are excellent quality at a reasonable price. Insider tip: They close at 8pm for these events.
Love love love Lava Cap! Nice staff, great wine, wonderful view!
I really appreciated thed fact that the server seemed to take great pride in her wines and providing a positive experience. She even revised our bill when we shared that we were staying at a local b and b that Lava Cap had a relation with. My only recommendation is providing more shade umbrellas out on the patio to maximize viable seating options on the typically hot and sunny days. On the day of my visit there were 10 tables for seating but approximately 3 shade umbrellas for the tables.