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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Unti Vineyards

    Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines wi...

  • Terlato Family Vineyards

    After 50 years in the wine industry, wine is still an inspiration for me. Every vintage brings an...

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

    You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating th...

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

    Award winning, family owned artisan winery. Winemaker Nancy Walker crafts beautiful wines that s...

  • Forth Vineyards

    Forth Vineyards, nestled in the hills above the stunningly beautiful Dry Creek Valley in northern...

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Moshin Pinot Noir Molinari 2010


    Just a great Russian River Pinot from Moshin. This is not your sister's pinot, big and ripe but really well balanced. Ripe black cherries, strawberries and blackberries on the nose. On the tongue, more black cherry, leather, a touch of smoke, high but not over the top acidity, fine grain tannin, finish is medium long. Serious QPR here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014


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    Wine review by Horseracer

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014


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    Wine review by Horseracer

  • Sbragia Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... ... County, and, especially, Dry Creek Valley, prejudice is pretty well known.They have two Merlot bottlings:  Carneros and Napa Valley.  Both are blendds from, again, the estate vineyard and a Carneros vineyard.   Year in and year out, I find the Napa Valley bottlin... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012


    I'm still loving this wine. Light on dark berry fruit. Plum. Good tannin that adds a bitterness, but doesn't dominate. Nice acid. Multiple levels to appreciate. Just a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Esa Pekka Salonen is one of the great musicians of our day.   Have fun.Was ... County--Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian RIver Valley, Sonoma Valle Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012


    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by JulRenA

  • Brazin Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2008


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    Wine review by ardalporto

  • 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...

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