Dry Creek Valley

Dry Creek Valley Wine Tours

Dry Creek Valley is a unique wine growing area in Sonoma County. Approximately 16 miles long and two miles wide, it’s located just north of the Russian River Valley wine growing area. With its close proximity to the town of Healdsburg, Dry Creek Valley is a wine lover’s paradise for bold distinctive wines made primarily by small family producers.

The variety of growing conditions range from hillside vineyards to the valley floor.  The grapes produced in Dry Creek Valley are very distinctive due to the hillside red volcanic soil which is pervasive in this area. Due to good drainage on the hillsides, the “stressed” vines produce wines with powerful and distinctive flavors.  Dry Creek Valley hillside Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah are world class wines with a strong identity.

On the valley floor, the soil is primarily gravelly and sandy loam due to shifting of earthquake faults and the depositing of alluvial material. Dry Creek experiences similar temperatures to Russian River Valley, but with more extreme temperatures on the high side.  It’s not uncommon to see a temperature reading in the mid 80’s during the peak of the growing season. There is also afternoon cooling and fog which makes for good balance and maturity in the grapes grown in Dry Creek.  High acid white wines like Sauvignon Blanc excel on the valley floor.

List of Popular Wineries

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

Pedroncelli Winery

Quivira Vineyards & Winery

Sbragia Family Vineyards

Seghesio Family Vineyards

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Alexander Valley

Alexander Valley is located at the northern end of Sonoma County. It is 22 miles long and ranges in width from two to seven miles. Of the 76,900 acres of land, 15,000 acres are planted to premium wine grapes.

Alexander Valley has diverse microclimates that support the growth of many wine grape varieties.  Primarily known for its high quality age worthy Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Alexander Valley also produces wonderful Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc.

List of Popular Wineries

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Soda Rock Winery

Trentadue Winery

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