Il Gioiello Winery & Morse Wines

The Jewel of Amador County Wineries

About Us

Robert Morse, the founder of MORSE WINES, purchased the estate property in 1999.  His desire was to create a place where lovers of fine wine could find exceptional values in wines that best express the terroir of our region. He selected varietals that would thrive in the region, and which therefore had the best potential for producing world class wines.

Our picturesque, serene property is located near the border of Amador and El Dorado Counties.  It is at approximately a 2300 foot elevation, with groves of pine trees as well as ancient oaks. 

MORSE WINES currently produces about 4,500 cases of wine annually, projected to increase to 10,000 cases.  Most are small production wines, under 500 cases.

We invite you to come and experience our wines.

Our Philosophy

Our primary objective in starting the winery was to produce top quality wines at an affordable price.  In order to achieve this objective, we hand pick and triple-sort all of our grapes.  Many of our wines are also punched down by hand.

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Our Vineyards

The estate property has 20 of its 80 acres planted with grapes.  There are 16 different vineyards and 13 varietals.  The first wine produced with estate grapes was the 2003 vintage of Petite Sirah.


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