A taste of

The Gold Standard

the promise of gold

California was founded on the promise of gold and that is the standard we hold ourselves to.

Inspired by breath-taking natural beauty and a sense of discovery, 1850 Wine Cellars exemplifies the gold standard of wine. Sustainably farming and sourcing grapes from vineyards located primarily in Amador County, Fair Play, El Dorado County, and other Sierra Foothill growing regions, we produce high quality wine meant to be a part of your next adventure.

1850 winemaker

Terry Goetze

Terry Goetze grew up in Napa and, after serving 4-year tour in the Marines, he moved back to Napa to start a career in the wine industry. He joined Rombauer Vineyards in 2001 and spent 9 years working under the tutelage of Gregory Graham. While at Rombauer, he was able to work with and learn from winemakers such as Cary Gott, Phillipe Melka, David Brown, and Richard Litsch.

Terry then joined Bronco Wine Company as a cellar supervisor learning the intricacies of large-scale winemaking. Terry then had a stint as the winemaker for Casa Nuestra winery in Saint Helena before heading to Lake County.

Terry brings his winemaking talent to the foothills of El Dorado county’s Fair Play AVA. He is working with other renown winemakers to bring awareness to the region and showcase the rich flavor driven wines grown here. Terry is involved with several winemaking projects and is working with local vintners to support development of vineyard land and techniques producing high-quality wines in El Dorado county.