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Wineries of the Dry Creek Valley

Wineries of the Dry Creek Valley

In the idyllic Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel grapes have dominated since the 1800’s. It is a near perfect combination of warm inland weather and marine influence to keep things on a long, cool and even ripening pattern. After the California Gold Rush, settlers found the fertile soils and favorable weather suitable for wine grapes. By the late 1880’s the valley had nine wineries and 883 acres of vineyards. Prohibition was a serious hiccup, but two wineries survived that era and its repeal in 1933, and Frei Brothers and J. Pedroncelli are still operating today.

Here are some of our favorite Dry Creek Valley wineries.

Dry Creek Vineyards

old vine zinfandel dry creek vineyardsIn this modern era, Dry Creek Vineyards shares the name of the appellation, and is an essential wine tasting experience. David Stare is celebrating 40 years since he built the first winery in Dry Creek after Prohibition. Defiantly, David was also the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc and was “Inspired directly by the Loire Valley.” Be sure to taste the delicious and terroir driven Dry Creek Zinfandel and classic Cabernets from their stellar single vineyard lineup.

Dry Creek Vineyards
3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448
800 – 864-9463


grounds ferrari caranoFerrari-Carano is a special place to take a wine tour. More than epic wines, the views and ornate garden match the grandeur in the glass. Don Carano said it best, “We grow wine, and let the land speak for itself through the wines.”

Ferrari-Carano’s star is the classic Chardonnay that made them famous. It is an elegant and rich wine, with aromas of citrus and toasted nuts. Don’s Italian heritage inspired the Spirit of Italy Wines, which are as easy to drink as they are to pair with food. The wine tasting then comes home with Prevail wines, the big Sonoma Cabernets. Don’t miss the distinctive and rare single vineyard wines, which speak to the depth of this Chardonnay house.

8671 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg , CA 95448

Fritz Underground Winery

Be sure to catch up with wineries that you may have overlooked. Atop a picturesque hill in the northernmost region of Dry Creek Valley, the Fritz Underground Winery is built into the hillside for quality and sustainability. The Estate Zinfandel produced there is delicious and bursting with juicy red fruits, framed in a long and structured finish.

Fritz Underground Winery
24691 Dutcher Creek Road, Cloverdale, CA 95425

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Preston Vineyards

Also founded in the 1970’s, the eponymous Preston Vineyards has grown beyond winemaking. As stewards of the land, they have grown their winery into a diversified farm where wine is one of many products they produce to help raise awareness for environmentalism and community activism.

Preston Vineyards
9282 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Along with the daily wine tastings, there are plenty of activities and events in the surrounding area. The upcoming Passport to Dry Creek Valley Weekend promises to be another hit with locals and new fans alike. The charming town of Healdsburg provides plenty of fine dining and casual restaurants, numerous hotels and luxury resorts, shopping as well as more wine tastings.

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