The wineries and landscapes in Sonoma County are diverse, rich, and full of rustic elegance. It is the perfect blend of casual wine tasting, intimate farm experiences and memorable people who make Sonoma and its many sub-regions an almost infinite paradise. A Dry Creek Valley wine tour is full of personality as well as great wine, and the stores behind the two are a charming way to get to know this renowned Northern California wine country. With Beau Wine Tours, we design each tour to give you the ultimate taste of this small slice of Sonoma. The Dry Creek Valley is known for historical wineries and the old vine Zinfandel vineyards that surround them. We can create a custom wine tour for you and set up a series of wine tastings catered to your personal taste at places like these.
9711 West Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Bella Winery is the epitome of a small and family run Dry Creek winery. Their estate Lily Hill Vineyard was first planted in 1915 and still produces intensely aromatic and full flavored wines. The winemaking is focused on small lots of the century old Zinfandel and small local growers who are passionate about the heritage and quality of the vines. There are 8 separate blocks of Zinfandel on Lily Hill which are picked and handled individually through production. The pretty and floral Zinfandel is then put in a combination of new and used, French and American oak for 18 months. Silky blackberries and exotic spices fill the palate with a rich and sophisticated mouth feel, while the aroma is lively and classic for the region with dark fruits and licorice.
4900 West Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
The winemaking style at Quivira emphasizes a balance of terroir and a hands off approach to make low production wines that are complex and concentrated. They use the principles taught by Rudolf Steiner which means minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, allowing for clear and focused expressions of Dry Creek Zinfandel. Their flagship, the Black Boar Zinfandel is a heightened expression of wine growing and winemaking. Some of the vines from the home ranch are near 40 years old, and produce wines of deep character. This Zinfandel is ripe and lush which produces a stylistic expression of the classic California grape variety.
Sbragia Family Vineyards
9990 Dry Creek Road
Geyserville, CA 95441
Sbragia Family Vineyards is a longtime dream finally realized. The culmination of years of experience at this family operated winery make a modern classic in Sonoma. Both of their Zinfandels are fantastic parts of any wine tasting, but the Sbragia team sources Cabernet Sauvignon from one of California’s most revered and storied vineyards, the Monte Rosso Vineyard. Located at 1200 feet on the Sonoma Side of the Mayacamas mountain range, the red iron rich soils are rocky and well drained so that the old head trained vines struggle to produce a tiny concentrated crop of dense Zinfandel as well as Cabernet Sauvignon. The bottling at Sbragia is a reserve wine of the estate, and a prime example of what an old vine vineyard in a historic Sonoma region can produce.
Sonoma is a huge, diverse winegrowing region. There are small and dynamic wine regions tucked behind every hill and mountain where slopes and valleys fill almost every nook and flank every creek. The Dry Creek Valley has long been recognized as a premium wine producing region where local farmers are strong supporters of long term sustainable agriculture. The centuries old vineyards are a testament to that and that still draw wine tours and tastings. We provide unique itineraries that ensure you experience the best wine and wineries in Sonoma. Beau Wine Tours is committed to creating custom wine tours that delve deep into the local stories that make the local wines that much more interesting. Call us and we will introduce you to more reasons to love the Dry Creek Valley.