When visiting Sonoma Wine Country, a trip to the breathtaking Dry Creek Valley is an absolute must. In Healdsburg, California, just north of Honor Mansion, guests can sample some of the most amazing Zinfandels in the country, as well as a variety of other Dry Creek Valley wines. The smallest of the three valleys, Dry Creek has an array of vineyards and wineries, from family-owned local gems to popular area hot spots. Here are some of our favorite places to go for beautiful tours, picnics, and delicious tastings!
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Top 7 Dry Creek Valley Wineries
Since the early 1900s, the Rafanelli family has been growing grapes and making wine in the Dry Creek Valley. The family prides themselves on producing consistently exceptional wines year in and year out. They specialize in some of the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot in the area. Their wines are not available in any retail outlets, so be sure to visit this winery and grab a few bottles! Their tasting is a quick 30 minute experience that can fit into any itinerary. Don’t miss out on these delicious wines!
Many people are drawn to this winery because of their caves, and rightfully so! It is one of the few Sonoma County Wineries where all of their experiences include tasting in their caves! Pop into the tasting room for a casual cave tasting, book a tour, or participate in one of their special events! You are sure to have a fun experience at Bella Winery!
This winery is perfect for a more personal vineyard experience. Dutcher Crossing features an intimate tasting room and charming picnic area that makes for an ideal lunch spot! For over 30 years, this rolling 20-acre vineyard has been growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that produce some of the most sought-after wines in the entire country. Cabernet not your style? With an expansive list of wine varietals, you are sure to discover why this is one of the best wineries in the Healdsburg area!
When you first arrive to Ferrari Carano, you will be captivated by their gorgeous grounds and gardens. Feel free to wander their beautiful property and then stop into their tasting room for a relaxed experience. Want something more elevated? With advanced reservations you can book a winery tour, chocolate pairing, varietal specific tastings, and more! There are so many options for what you can experience at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery!
Planted in 1980, the nearly 40-year-old vines at Mauritson Wines are just hitting their prime. Located at the corner of Dry Creek and Lytton Springs Roads, the great drainage in the soil produces smaller berries and limits the overall yields. The resulting fruit has flavors of bright berry, black pepper, silky tannins, and a long complex finish. Stop in for a custom flight tasting or book a more elevated experience and see why Mauritson always makes our top winery list!
Tucked away on West Dry Creek, this picturesque location is a must for your Dry Creek Valley itinerary! Zinfandel lovers rejoice! Their intimate tasting room, gorgeous outdoor area and panoramic views make this a very special spot for tasting great wine. Reservations required for all experiences. Whether you are interested in their seated deck tasting or their taste, pick and picnic experience – you are sure to fall in love with Passalacqua Winery!
Just steps from the Honor Mansion is Seghesio, one of the top wineries in the area. Known for their acclaimed Zinfandel, Italian varietals, and family hospitality, this winery exudes the warmth and authenticity of Sonoma wine country. Be sure to try the Family Tables wine & food pairings each Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for a pairing of library wines with seasonal Seghesio family recipes.
Although you can’t go wrong with any of our guest rooms, the Magnolia Room is always a guest favorite. Enjoy a room full of plenty of natural sunlight, charming decorations, comfortable furniture, plush bathrobes, and more. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway!
Once you book your stay with us, let our concierge team plan your winery itinerary for you! Whether you need recommendations or already have favorites, we are happy to book the perfect locations and experiences that fit your wine tasting needs.
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