One of the most casual yet perfect settings for a winery in El Dorado County is above the town of Placerville, in what is traditionally called “Apple Hill”. There are plenty of Apple Groves, Apple Pies, kid’s train rides, pumpkin patches, christmas tree farms, and many other fruit and nut tree crops in this thriving community that is actually called the town of Camino. And nestled in the middle of all of this activity at the 3000 foot elevation, sits one of the oldest and best kept secret wineries, Madroña Vineyards. The three large vineyards take up many acres that include 26 wine grape varietals, and the wine selections are extensive. The owners, Paul and Maggie Bush, have created one of the most regarded wineries by magazine oenophiles since they first started their vines growing at this high altitude location four decades ago. They said it couldn’t be done this high up in the Sierra Nevada, but they did it and many others have followed.