The Dry Creek Valley is just to the northwest of the Honor Mansion. This area is most known for its amazing Zinfandels among the various types of Dry Creek wine. The smallest of the three valleys, the Dry Creek Valley still offers an array of some of the most beautiful vineyards in California. From the relatively unknown family Dry Creek valley wineries such as Zichichito better known, larger favorites, like Ferrari-Carano.

Sonoma Wine Country includes the Dry Creek Valley is just to the North West of the Honor Mansion. The many Dry Creek Valley wineries in the area are most known for producing amazing Dry Creek zinfandel wine. The smallest of the three valleys, the Dry Creek Valley still offers an array of beautiful wineries from the relatively unknown family wineries such as Unti and Zichichi, to popular favorites like Ferrari Carano. Choose from any of the Dry Creek Valley wineries below for beautiful tours, picnics, and delicious tastings. And for more recommendations, explore our pages on Russian River Valley wineries and Alexander Valley wineries.

Steve’s Favorite Dry Creek Valley Wineries List

  • Mauritson offers a self-guided vineyard tour, available all day with no appointment needed. Private tours with the winemaker can also be arranged, please contact an Honor Mansion concierge to arrange this for you. Enjoy a “Rockpile Adventure” at their beautiful Rockpile property above Lake Sonoma. Tours and tastings, with or without lunch, available by appointment.
  • Seghesio offers excellent wine and food pairing options. They are now also offering pizza and wine on Friday afternoons. See events page for more details.
  • Bella Vineyards offers Vineyard Tours, Cave Tours, and the Ultimate Tour, which is a combination of the Vineyard and Cave tours

Picnics in this valley

All of the featured wineries have beautiful picnic grounds!

  • Dutcher Crossing is the perfect blend of award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality. Proprietor Debra Mathy and her golden lab, Dutchess, greet visitors who can enjoy their small-lot wines in the tasting room or the picnic area that provides a panoramic view of the Dry Creek Valley’s scenic vineyards. Their striking bottle logo — featuring a vintage high-wheel bicycle — has special meaning. And when you visit them, and sample their Sauv Blanc, Chards, Zins and Cabs, they’ll share the story with you.
  • Visit the Mauritson Family Winery tasting room in Dry Creek Valley.  The Mauritsons are one of the oldest grape growing families in Sonoma County, having farmed vineyards in the area for over 140 years.  Six generations later, winemaker Clay Mauritson started producing wines to reflect the quality of some of the finest vineyards in Sonoma County.   Today they offer small production and single vineyard estate wines from three distinct appellations: Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, & Rockpile. They specialize in zinfandels and big red varietals that are sure to please any palate.
  • Passalacqua Winery welcomes guests of Honor Mansion to discover their wines and enjoy their beautiful Dry Creek setting. They are family owned and operated, and they focus on small-lot production, handcrafting each of their wines using grapes from the finest vineyards and attending to each detail of the winemaking process. The result is a family of wines of uncompromising quality that are also approachable and beautifully balanced, perfect to savor on their own or enjoy with food. These limited-production wines are available exclusively at their tasting room on Lambert Bridge Road; open daily 11am – 5pm. Let their friendly staff customize a tasting of their current releases while you enjoy an incomparable view of Dry Creek Valley. Or call 877-825-5547 to schedule a private tasting.
  • Just short steps across the street from the Honor Mansion is one of Sonoma’s most venerable wine families, Seghesio.  Known for their acclaimed Zinfandels, Italian varietals and family hospitality, Seghesio Family Vineyards exudes the warmth and authenticity that is Sonoma.  The tasting room, in a cellar dating to 1889, offers daily tastings.  For a real treat, try the Family Tables wine & food pairings each Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a pairing of library wines with seasonal Seghesio family recipes while seated upstairs overlooking the cellar.  Seghesio is perfect walk after breakfast to begin your visit to all that is great about Healdsburg.
  • Located in a beautiful location on West Dry Creek Road, Zichichi Winery is one of the few local wineries which offers barrel tasting every day. You’ll get to taste the same wines from the bottle, and from the barrel, a great way to taste the difference a few years can make! Stop by for a tasting of their amazing Zinfandels, and feel free to bring along a picnic to enjoy on the deck overlooking their estate vineyards.

Other Great Dry Creek Valley Stops Include

Bella (beautiful wine caves, tours available), Ferrari-Carano Vineyard (be sure to take the time to visit the gardens here, educational tastings also available), Dry Creek Vineyard, Frick, J. Fritz Winery, Mill Creek Vineyards, Preston Vineyards, Quivira Vineyards, Raymond Burr, Unti Vineyards (a great, small producer of only red wines, with excellent rhone varietals) and Lambert Bridge winery.

And don’t forget the Dry Creek General Store for great picnic items! All of Steve’s Favorite Wineries in this valley also feature beautiful picnic grounds!

Healdsburg Square Tasting Rooms

Some of our favorite downtown Healdsburg tasting rooms around the square are Longboard,  Selby, Muller, Cartograph, Kelley & Young, Williamson Winery (a must visit! All wine tastings paired with food , no reservation required!)

Photo: Passalacqua Winery | MJ Wickham