The story of Rancho Victoria Vineyard began in 1854 with George and Margarete Greilich, saloon owners from Drytown, which is the oldest community in Amador County, and the county’s first gold discovery site. As the town grew, George decided to move his family to a more peaceful cattle ranch. He purchased an initial 400 acres of Victoria Valley and homesteaded the rest. In those days, it was not unusual to see cowboys (probably George’s seven sons) coming over the rolling hills driving cattle before them. Three generations of Greilich’s worked the ranch, and it remained an active cattle ranch for more than 150 years, and still is today…
In 2005, the Sweigart family became the second owners of this beautiful land. John and Cindy Sweigart manage, farm and live on the 1,100 acre estate with their three horses; Scooter, Charlie, and Marylyn and their three dogs; Abby, Casey, and Rowdy.
You often see Cindy riding horseback though the vines with a parade of animals not far behind, and John on the opposite side of the vineyard in a tractor tending to the land and vines. Their traditions of hard work, perseverance and careful craftsmanship were handed down, generation to generation, and it truly shows from bud break to bottle.
Here at Rancho Victoria Vineyard we get a great deal of happiness from sharing our love of grape growing, winemaking and all of the fruits of our estate with others. Whether you are visiting locally or traveling from afar, we would love for you to visit, explore and experience all this special place has to offer. We personally invite you to join us in celebrating our handmade wine, and the splendor of Rancho Victoria Vineyard.