Dry Creek Valley
DRY CREEK VALLEY WINE REGION
TOTAL ACRES: 78,387
VINEYARD ACRES: 10,000
NUMBER OF WINERIES: 81
DIFFERENT GRAPE VARIETALS GROWN: 26
Dry Creek Valley is nestled between the cooler Russian River Valley and the warmer Alexander Valley in Northern Sonoma County, California. Dry Creek Valley is a premium grape-growing and wine producing region that enchants you with its idyllic beauty, intimate hospitality, and exquisite wine. The roots of the region go back over 140 years to the first plantings of Zinfandel prior to Prohibition. World-class Zinfandels continue to be made in the Dry Creek Valley.
Many of the pioneering families that first planted Zinfandel in the 1870’s still farm the land and vineyards today, with the new generation continuing the tradition and heritage of producing premium wine grapes used to make some of the top wines in the world.
Warm days are tempered by morning fog from the Pacific Ocean and food-friendly varieties like Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc boldly emerge from the narrow valley floors to the wooded hillsides above. Originally planted by French immigrants in 1870, Italian pioneers soon discovered a geography that was reminiscent of their native homes and heritage in Tuscany and Piedmont. They planted Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane to produce heart red wines. Today, the leading varieties, after Zinfandel, include Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Rhone varieties. The severe, stone laden soils are ideal for fruit and flavor characteristics.
If you ever get the opportunity to visit the bucolic Dry Creek Valley, do so. You absolutely will not be disappointed. Visitors can find a complementary mix of country history and modern luxury in the tranquil community of nearby Healdsburg. Only moments away, this sophisticated, charming town offers world-class dining, lodging and shopping.
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MAP OF SONOMA COUNTY WINE REGIONS