Dry Creek Valley Wine

The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Napa side is warmer, more suited to varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, while the Sonoma side is cooler, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive. 
 
The history of wine-making in Carneros dates back to the 1840s, when California was still under Mexican control and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was also the Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, secured a land grant to settle and cultivate Rincon de los Carneros and surrounding territories. This section was managed by his son-in-law, Jacob P. Leese. Grape cultivation began with Leese and as the US gained control over California, more settlers became attracted to the fertile land in Sonoma and Napa Valleys and planted their own vineyards. By the 1870s, William H. Winter purchased 1,200 acres from Leese and cultivated what became the area’s first commercial vineyard, Winter Winery. 
 
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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • A. Rafanelli

    The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry...

  • Martin Family Vineyards - Truett Hurst

    The Martin Family Vineyards and Winery was born from our commitment to family and our love of fin...

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard is dedicated to making premium wines at a fair price. We have a lar...

  • Alderbrook Winery

    Anthony Terlato and family Gathering at the table has always been at the heart of the Terlato ...

  • Provisor Syrah

    OUR VINEYARD IS LOCATED AT OUR HOME ON THE EDGE OF DRY CREEK VALLEY IN THE LYTTON SPRINGS DISTRI...

  • Bradford Mountain Vineyards

    As they say there's just something about mountain air. Grist Vineyard, perched over twelve hundre...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Zin 91 Zinfandel California Old Vine 2009

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    Wine review by winelovingal


  • Alderbrook Estate Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2008

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    Wine review by meganeh


  • Simi Zinfandel 2007

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    Wine review by bdberry


  • Last week while I was up north:Enkidu:2013 Shamhat Rose of Syrah2009 Odyssey ... ... Family Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is up a dead-end street, pretty much, off the beaten path.  Their "Barrel Tasting Today" sign sucked me in.  It was a lot of fun.  So, I tasted three wines out of the barrel, and bought two bottles of each to be delivered n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Two exciting things happened today.  First, I picked up my WTSO order that ... that ... Vineyard' from Dry Creek Valley for the grand total of $56.  I opened one bottle just to taste it and it's decent.  I'll have some more when I have a nice steak to grill.Second, I did another stint at the Wine in the Water Park event in Crystal City.  It wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Rabbit Ridge Meritage Paso Robles 06 2006

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    Wine review by protz


  • Bradford Mountain Zinfandel El Grandote Late Harvest Zinfandel Dry Creek 2005

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    Absolutely delicious dessert wine! Loads of black fruit, blueberry, great depth, nice acidity and a long tongue coating finish without being over the top jammy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as ... ... fee and headed North to Dry Creek Valley.Ridge VineyardsZinfandels here are meaty and complex. We also opted for the Monte Bello Cab tasting, which costed an additional $10 bucks. At that price for a single tasting I expected a lot, and it was certainly wor... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • Toad Hollow Red Blend Dry Creek Valley Erik's the Red 2010

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    I purchased a few bottles of Toad Hollow Red Blend last week. I was initially disappointed that it lacked character and the fruit wasn't very intense. But much to my surprise, when it opened, it was a decent wine. I think it is a bargain at under $14. Read More

    Wine review by Goodwine24


  • Rabbit Ridge Meritage Paso Robles 06 2006

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    Wine review by protz


  • Dry Creek is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sonoma county and has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines too. In particular, Pezzi King, Wilson, Rued, Sbragia, Seghesio, Hobo and many others make amazing wines. The Dry Creek store is a great place to stop for a sandwich to pair with your Zin, and the Ferrari-Cerano winery is like a Mediterrane...

    Comment by 366897Da Wine Dog 366897 Da Wine Dog


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