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Meet Uphill Vineyards Dynamic Duo

Behind every bottle of wine is a great story. The people you can expect to meet at our tasting rooms are enthusiastic about our area and the wines they pour. It is a way of life. A passion.

Meet Beth and Ira Rosenthal, owners of Uphill Vineyards. Transplants from the greater-Philadelphia area, Beth was born in NJ and raised in a colonial village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, that was part of the original land grant to William Penn. Ira was born and raised in Brooklyn, close to the south shore beaches and Manhattan.


Beth and Ira came west for several reasons; to be close to family, for the weather, to grow grapes as a way to be physically and mentally active in their eventual retirement, and to fulfill a long-time interest in farming, resulting from Beth’s time spent on her grandparent’s farm.

What is your favorite wine?

Right now, we tend to reach for our 2013 Uphill Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Jimmy's Dream, named for Beth's late brother and business partner, or our Tannat and Tempranillo blend, TnT, which we like with spicy food.

When you’re not pouring wine you are...

In the vineyard or involved in some home renovation or remodeling project. Ira has mad skills in most areas of building, framing, plumbing and electrical. Beth generally does the design work and painting, especially trim. Our last home in Pennsylvania had 80 mullioned windows and nine sets of French doors, which is where Beth learned to find the Zen in painting.

What is your favorite wine quote?

"Give me a bowl of wine, in this I bury all unkindness." - William Shakespeare

What do you love most about Amador?

So very much. When we decided to move to California, we looked throughout the Foothills and thought Amador County was just the prettiest place. Our vineyard in Fiddletown is peaceful, with big-sky views and the sound of the wind in the trees. We have met interesting people from many walks of life and have made good friends who have been so helpful and have made us feel at home here. And the weather! Who could complain about six months of non-stop sunshine? The wines! There are so many good wines and wine varieties to savor in this relatively unknown corner of California. The small Gold Rush towns are quirky, authentic and unspoiled. We like that the focus in Sutter Creek is more than just wine and think that the mix of businesses and events here makes for a rich and engaging environment for visitors, residents, and merchants.

You can find Beth and Ira pouring at their tasting room. Stop by and say hello


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