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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Pezzi King Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • Thumbprint Cellars

    Hand-crafted, small lot, micro-wines are created using the highest quality grapes from Sonoma Cou...

  • Wine Guerrilla

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

  • Unti Vineyards

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

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  • Seghesio Family Zinfandel Rockpile Dry Creek Valley 2007


    A good zinfandel at its price point. Not as good as the 93 pts would suggest. A bit out of balance leaning toward being a little overly acidic and tannic. Time might take care of that Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79

  • Forth Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley All Boys 2006


    It seems like every wine I find from Dry Creek Valley is very good. This one had a nice structure, very good balance with medium-long finish. It was not very tannic. Read More

    Wine review by 73673WJTronoski 73673 WJTronoski

  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    Color me impressed. There's bunches of cherries and spice on the nose. Flavors are balanced, with creaminess and acidity. The cherry is joined with a hint of red berries, some licorice, tree bark and a clump of earth for good measure. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    Interesting and bossy character. Goes down with a likeliness of lemongrass, spearmint, and black pepper. Forward with the black and blue berries. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    Leathery and gritty on the nose. Chewy and spicy in the mouth with an acidity that really crept up on me. The finish is long and enjoyable but this feels like it sets off on a journey and never quite gets there. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005


    A robust meaty nose of ethyls and animal flesh. Its rich, layered with licorice and baked fruits and has a slightly tart, but solid finish. There's a lot of raw minerality, and even some delicate violet notes after the power has died away. A real bargain for $12! Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Seghesio Family Zinfandel Rockpile Dry Creek Valley 2007


    Ruby colored, all strawberry-blackberry preserves on the nose. A little oak, a hint of spice, balanced jammy sweetness, maybe even some mocha in there. Easy drinking, sky-high QPR at $20. Would pair well with food but great alone. A really fantastic Zin, worth having even if (like myself) you're not typically a Zinfandel fan. Read More

    Wine review by azygos

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot Sonoma County 2002


    Really nice merlot for the price, love the oak flavors it has. Read More

    Wine review by dlundquist

  • The movie Sideways did as much to promote California Pinot Noir as it did to ... Mendicino County parallel to Dry Creek Valley, through the town of Healdsburg and finally turns westward where it flows out into the Pacific Ocean.   The AVA is characterized by rolling hills with some deep valleys.  The slopes face a number of different direction... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Russian River Valley by 36106John Andrews 36106 John Andrews

  • Lots of InterestMorrell Wine AuctionsLive Internet ... BottleQuivira, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley - Vintage 1990Dry Creek Valley,Two levels are high-mid shoulder.2 BottlesStag's Leap Wine Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon - Vintage 1985Napa Valley,Level is neck-shoulder.1 BottleSterling Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve - Vintage 1983Napa Valley... Read More

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