“There's no such thing as being lost in a vineyard. You're always in the right place.” ~ anonymous


We are located in the small historical town of Cool, California in scenic El Dorado County, which is in the El Dorado AVA, within the larger Sierra Foothills AVA. Our vineyard sits on a hilltop at an elevation of 1600 feet, with soil consisting of Sobrante, very rocky silt loam. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted northwest facing, Petite Sirah faces northeast, and our Zinfandel faces southeast. All varietals are on 110-R rootstock.

We are within four miles of the American River Confluence, which connects the middle and north forks of the American River at the El Dorado County and Placer County lines. Our Mediterranean climate consists of warm to hot days, and cool nights. Our winters are mild, with an occasional light dusting of snow.

Dominic Mantei

A native to the Sierra Foothills, Dominic feels right at home in the vineyards of the region. He is valued for his contributions in progressing winemaking in the Sierra Foothills region for over 20 years.

Soon after completing his degrees in Enology and Viticulture from Fresno State, Dominic focused his career on making world-class wines here in California’s gold country. A source of pride for the region, his wines have since won multiple top awards, and 90+ scores from distinguished competitions and wine magazines.

Along with his numerous regional and national achievements, Dominic’s experience and talent as a gifted winemaker have helped Rosa-Lucca Estates turn the grapes from their family estate vineyard, into award-winning wines. RLE is honored to have him as part of their team.

When not in the winery making wine for his various clients, Dominic spends his free time with his wife Jennifer and their three kids. He enjoys rafting and kayaking the many rivers of the area, as well as mountain biking and hiking.

Meyers Ranch Vineyard Management

We use best management practices for sustainable farming. Cover crops, soil amends, and fertilizers help to rejuvenate the soil. Drip irrigation and underground water monitors help to minimize and regulate water use. Regular visual inspections for erosion control, with special attention to identifying beneficial bugs, birds, and insects are managed and maintained. Crop loads are assessed each season and fruit is thinned as necessary. As they say— great wine starts in the vineyard!

Visit us at our tasting room opening in Spring 2021! For updates and information please click here to contact us.