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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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Merriam Vineyards

    Why Bordeaux varieties? While honeymooning in France, Peter and Diana Merriam fell in love with t...

  • Bradford Mountain Vineyards

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

  • Unti Vineyards

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

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

    Everett A. Wise purchased the land in 1875 that is now home to Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery...

  • Frick Winery

    Bill Frick and Judith Gannon started FRICK Winery in 1976 with proceeds from the sale of their 19...

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

    Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's D...

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