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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Varietals Produced in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • 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

  • Mounts Family Winery

    Quality through sacrifice is our priority at Mounts Vineyards. With this philosophy of excellence...

  • Unti Vineyards

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

  • Alderbrook Winery

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

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley

    Preston of Dry Creek is an organic family farm rooted in the agrarian traditions of Dry Creek Val...

  • Wine Guerrilla

    Wine Guerrilla is a hero to those who seek wines of unabashed uniqueness and character. Wherever...

  • Pezzi King Vineyards & Winery

    James P. Rowe, Sr., is passionate about his Italian heritage. His love of agriculture is rooted i...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • David Coffaro Syrah Dry Creek Valley Bennett Valley 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by Emily Rose

  • I had the opportunity to visit Sonoma/Napa counties after a work conference out ... ... were discovered in the Dry Creek Valley. Unfortunately, distribution of these great wines rarely reaches Milwaukee. My solution has been to visit the area every six months and stock up :) My next trip is coming up in two weeks so I'm here looking to find... Read More

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  • Lambert Bridge Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2002


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club selection. Created to be a casual and versatile wine without losing dimension or complexity, this Zinfandel won a Gold Medal at the California Zinfandel Competition. Gourmet Magazine included this outstanding wine on their Recommended list. The Wine Report rated it 88 points stating, Not a wine to trifle with, this... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Lambert Bridge Merlot Blend Dry Creek Valley 2001


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Gold Series selection. Steve and Elaine Wynn of Las Vegas fame chose the Lambert Bridge 2001 Merlot as one of their top 10 selected wines to be served in every restaurant at their Wynn Luxury Resorts grand opening. The Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine wrote, With lots of oaky richness leading the way, this att... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • David Coffaro Wine Guerrilla "annie's Red 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by domesticana

  • Amphora Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mounts Vineyard 2003


    dont know what to say.but this is a good wine. Read More

    Wine review by whiterabbit

  • Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves Zinfandel Belle Canyon Estate 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by roblo

  • We had an abridged PTP tasting this week. For the first hour or so of our ... ... our ... Three Vineyards  Dry Creek Valley 13.8% $10.75Groups #1/My #1Mike noted that this had a very fragrant nose violets and a little oak while Jim added this smells like Cab with cassis, blackberry and cherry fruit.  Jamie felt that at first this smelled war... Read More

    Forum post in the topic PTP 14 Cabernet Sauvignon...

  • When the guys at Snooth recently introduced the concept of page ownership on ... Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Valley and more2.Town of Sonoma which is a fun little town that is very much oriented to the wine business. In fact BottleShock was filmed in the town of Sonoma because it resembles Calistoga in 19... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Valley by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews

  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2005


    Great, dark wine - full bodied and complex: better than the 2006! Read More

    Wine review by la7aru7

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