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Fair Play

Rhone varietals





Skinner Vineyards and Winery is committed to producing exceptional wines that reflect the spirit of the Sierra Foothills, using many of the same Rhône varietals that were grown by our family 150 years ago. Our goal is to create wines that have a sense of place and showcase the unique terroir of our estate. Our vineyard's granitic soils, high elevation, and extreme weather conditions make it and its surrounding Fair Play and El Dorado Appelations unlike any other.

Our viticultural practices are consistent with the vision of representing the site. Our hands-on approach in the vineyard allows us to maximize the fruit's potential and express the nuances of our estate. Skinner emphasizes sustainability in the vineyard and winery as a core philosophy to ensure the vineyard's natural resources will be available for generations to come.

Our winemaking philosophy is summed up in one word -- balance. We accentuate the regional elements that set our fruit apart, while attempting to minimize mother nature's extreme conditions to create a balanced wine with focused flavors, supple & elegant mouthfeel, and aromatic complexity. To this end, the winery is designed to allow the fruit to express itself naturally. The fruit is hand picked, sorted for quality and gravity fed into fermenters. Our state of the art facility allows us to control external elements like temperature to ensure optimal fermentation. The must is punched down by hand and the fermentation begins after a 5-day cold soak. After fermentation is complete, the wines are gently moved to French oak barrels where they age for 1-2 years before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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8054 Fairplay Rd, Somerset, CA 95684, USA

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Contact Information
(530) 620-2220



Tasting Information
Tasting Available:


Fri-Sun: 11am - 5pm
Or by appt
Tue/Wed: closed



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Member Reviews (Average visitor experience: 5.0) Add Personal Review
  • Visit experience: 5

    Tasted their wines at the SummerTaste event in Santa Monica. This was the highlight of the night for me. Loved all of their wines across the board! For L.A. locals, their wines are being poured at Redd Collection in Culver City.

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    Visit experience: 5

    great wine, great view and great staff

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    Visit experience: 5

    Wine with a view? Not sure it gets any better. The views here are spectacular. Skinner is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing weekend sipping a killer Syrah. The employees are very knowledgeable and friendly. One of the best wineries I have been to and having lived in Sonoma County for 3 years, I am pretty spoiled. I passionately recommend it

Winery Personnel
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Chris Pittenger Winemaker
Ryan Skinner General Manager
Mike Skinner Proprietor
Carey Skinner Proprietor
Kevin Skinner Other
Brendan Skinner Other
  Updated by: anonymous (2017-01-24 23:53:49 UTC)
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