About Perry Creek Winery
Perry Creek Winery is located south of Placerville in the El Dorado appellation, east of Lake Tahoe in the picturesque Sierra Foothills. The El Dorado appellation is unique due to its high altitude, complex topography, and decomposed granite soils. El Dorado's mountain vineyards are cooled by elevation rather than costal influence, having the same cool nights and warm days.
Perry Creek Winery was established in 1995 and has been under new ownership since 2006 by Dieter Juergens. Along with our flagship Zinman brand, we produce our reserve Altitude 2401’ series and our ultra-premium Cobra series. Our reserve wines come from our 30 acre Fair Play Farms vineyards, as well as our 10 acre winery vineyard, both situated at 2400 feet.
Meet Our Wine Maker
Scott Johnson was born and raised in the California Sierra Foothills. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis and has worked in wineries throughout California and New Zealand. Prior to becoming the winemaker at Perry Creek Winery, Scott worked for Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves in Sonoma; Vineyard 29 in Napa; and Elephant Hill in Hawks Bay, New Zealand. In 2010, he turned his attention back to the Sierra Foothills and worked at David Girard Vineyards in El Dorado County.
Since 2011, Scott has been producing balanced wines for Perry Creek, imparting innovative contemporary techniques to both showcase his winemaking style and to highlight the region's unique personality and flavors. Scott is in tune with the area’s vineyards and terrain and creates fine hand crafted wines earning Perry Creek 90+ ratings in Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, and other numerous competitions.