Dry Creek Valley

Dry Creek Valley, view from Wilson Winery

Dry Creek Valley, view from Wilson Winery

In Northern Sonoma County, in downtown Healdsburg and on the west side of Highway 101, is where you will find Dry Creek Valley.  Densely packed with wineries, the country roads here are also a popular venue for cyclists so be careful and courteous as you share the road.

Favorite Tasting Rooms in Dry Creek Valley

Davis Family Vineyards – High-quality, hand-crafted wines are here in the tasting room on the south side of Healdsburg.   Our favorites here are the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and Cabernet Sauvignons.  52 Front Street, Healdsburg  (866) 338-9463  

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery – The prettiest winery in Dry Creek; you should come here to walk through the garden and see the estate.  While here, be sure to taste the Fume Blanc, Siena, and Tresor.  8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg  (707) 433-6700

Frick Winery – Family-owned winery that makes only about 1400 cases of wine per year, so a lot of effort goes into making each wine worthy.  The Merlot here is impressive, but what really attracts us are the stellar less-common varietals like Grenache Blanc, Cinsaut, and Carignane.  23072 Walling Road, Geyserville  (707) 857-1980

Fritz Underground Winery – The tasting room is built into the side of a hill, and the tasty wines are created in a terroir-focused manner.  Pay special attention to the whites here – the Sauvignon Blanc and the Chardonnays.  24691 Dutcher Creek Road, Cloverdale  (800) 418-9463

Geyser Peak Winery – Founded in 1880, this is one of California’s oldest wineries and we love the reds here, particularly the Kuimelis and Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignons.  If you like Cabernet Sauvignons, the Reserve Tasting is absolutely worth the additional $5 tasting fee.  2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg  (707) 857-2500   

Hawley Winery – Small family winery (dad and his two sons) out on Bradford Mountain, overseeing Dry Creek Valley, with a tasting room in downtown Healdsburg making some excellent wine.  Historically, the Viognier, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon have impressed us.  36 North Street, Healdsburg  (707) 473-9500

Kokomo Winery – Out of all of the wineries at Timber Crest Farms, this is our favorite.  Kokomo Winery (named after the winemaker’s hometown) focuses on single vineyard wines.  We like the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley here.  4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg  (707) 433-0200

Longboard Vineyard – A tasting room with a surfing theme (yes, you read that right).  A little off the beaten path, but well worth seeking out.  The Sauvignon Blanc, Dakine Petite Sirah and RedGrav Cabernet Sauvignon are your must-trys here.  5 Fitch Street, Healdsburg  (707) 433 3473

Mauritson Family Vineyards – Friendly winery on Dry Creek Road makes great wines from the Rockpile area.  Be sure to try the Sauvignon Blanc and the Rockpile Zinfandel when here.  2859 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg  (707) 431-0804

Mounts Family Winery – Small family winery focused on big and bold red wines.  We’ve bought a lot of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah over the years here.  3901 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg  (707) 292-8148  [reservation required]

Sbragia Family Vineyards – Ed Sbragia (from Beringer Winery) has this namesake winery at the north end of Dry Creek.  Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons are the main draws here.  9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville  (707) 473-2992 

Seghesio Family Vineyards – Italian-style winery established in 1895 and still making great and interesting wines today.  Be sure to try the Fiano, Cortina Zinfandel, and the Omaggio.  700 Grove Street, Healdsburg  (866) 734-4374

Wilson Winery – The Wilson Artisan Wineries has now grown to six wineries, but the original here is one of our favorites.   You will find a full spectrum of wines here, but don’t forget to try the estate Zinfandels from Tori Vineyard and Carl’s Vineyard.  1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg  (800) 433-4602

Favorite Food Stops in Dry Creek Valley

Big John’s Market – Excellent independent gourmet grocery store where you can get picnic fixings (including sandwiches made to order).  1345 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg  (707) 433-7151

Bistro Ralph – Delicious seasonal food on the north side of the Square.  109 Plaza Street, Healdsburg  (707) 433-1380

Costeaux French Bakery – Popular bakery with crowds of locals as well as visitors.  417 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg  (707) 433-1913

Flying Goat Coffee – The place to go for your “I need some really good coffee” fix.  324 Center St, Healdsburg  (707) 433-3599, ext 205

Healdsburg Bar and Grill – Fantastic burgers and large TVs for watching the game.  245 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg  (707) 433-3333

Scopa – Intimate Italian restaurant with awesome food where if you forget to make a reservation you will be taking your chances on a cozy but small bar counter.  109A Plaza Street, Healdsburg  (707) 433-5282

Zin Restaurant – Seasonal American food using farm fresh produce and local wines are the draw here in central Healdsburg.  344 Center Street, Healdsburg  (707) 473-0946

Other Links

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley – Trade association for wineries and winegrape growers

Wine Road – Association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys

Scopa on UrbanspoonZin Restaurant & Wine Bar on UrbanspoonCosteaux French Bakery & Cafe on Urbanspoon
Flying Goat Coffee on UrbanspoonHealdsburg Bar & Grill (HBG) on UrbanspoonBistro Ralph on Urbanspoon


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