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Dobra Zemlja (dobra zem-ya)

12505 Steiner Road
Plymouth, CA 95669
(209) 245-3183

Tasting:   Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Complimentary Tasting
10% case discount
  Informal Tours
  Wine cave tasting room
Price Range:   $16 to $26
Established:   1995
Vineyards:   17 acres
  3000 cases

Dobra Zemlja (dobra zem-ya) Description

Dobra Zemlja means "Good Earth" in Croatian, and describes the beautiful grounds and ambiance of this very interesting boutique winery specializing in powerful, estate-grown Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese, Barbera and Viognier.

Hidden in the hills a few miles outside the tiny berg of Plymouth is this little gem of a winery producing unabashedly big, bold, robust, chewy and fully flavored red wines. “No lightweights” is the catch phrase for these potent Amador fruit bombs. Check out their one-liter bottles of Milan Ruz for a visual and tasty treat.

The winery and tasting room is housed in a restored late-19th-century structure complete with a wine-cave tasting room. Visitors enter the underground cellar through heavy wooden doors. The concrete floor and rustic tasting counter add to the old-world ambiance.

Outside are picnic tables on a grassy lawn under tall eucalyptus trees. There is a large pond, pathways, and nooks and crannies for exploring.

Dobra Zemlja (dobra zem-ya) Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Resort Like
Kid Friendly
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Historic Features
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Dog Friendly
Tours Available
Picnic Sites- Superior
Event Space
Gift Shop
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Dobra Zemlja (dobra zem-ya) Reviews

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Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
Wine Quality
Overall Impressions
Neat place back in the woods
James, Berkeley
You drive down this long driveway to find this very cool spot that looks like it has been there for years. It reminds me of a country park with a lake, lawns and mature trees surrounding the winery buildings. The tasting room is underground and a bit spooky, but our host made it all very worthwhile. Try their Italilan wines and their good Rhone blends.

Staff Knowledge & Friendliness
Amenities, Comfort & Cleanliness
Wine Quality
Overall Impressions
Good Earth, Good Wine
Orion, Santa Barbara
The rustic quality to Dobra Zemlja Vineyards surpasses any other vineyard I have found in this region. The tasting room lies within a wine cave and creates and ambiance unable to be created by a simple bar. The simple beauty surrounding the wine cellar is what I found to be most pleasurable. I enjoyed the 1998 Syrah, finding it to be aged to perfection.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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