' Dobra Zemlja Winery - About Us

About Us


Dobra Zemlja Winery promises ‘Big Amador Reds, No Lightweights’ and was founded in 1995 by owners Milan and Victoria Matulich. Our tasting room opened to the public in August of 1997 in Amador County's first wine cave, which is located underneath a historic barn.

Meaning 'good earth' in Croatian, Dobra Zemlja (Doh-bra Zem-ya) focuses on producing hearty, unfiltered wines out of the grapes that Amador County is famous for: Viognier, Grenache, Sangiovese, Barbera, Syrah and Zinfandel. 


Warm days and cool nights, rich soil replete with decomposed granite deposits, and rolling hillsides characterize the terroir of the Shenandoah Valley located in the heart of Amador County. Here at Dobra Zemlja Winery, our estate vineyard is at an elevation of 1700 feet complete with a southeastern exposure that brings out the complexity and the richness of the varietals we produce.

 Front Entrance

Philosophy of Wine

Our Winemaker Milan Matulich believes that the grape makes the wine. In keeping with this philosophy, we allow the native yeast present on the grape to control the fermentation. All wines produced by Dobra Zemlja Winery are unfiltered and unfined to allow for the character of the grape and the terroir of Amador County to shine through in the finished wine. We believe in minimally intruding in the process that is encoded in the ancestral heart of the grape.