Featured Sonoma Wine Tasting Region
For our club members, this will be your third visit to Sonoma’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley (March brought you to the wineries in the north end of the valley, and August to some Rockpile-AVA producing wineries closer to Healdsburg). This month’s itinerary takes you on a tour of the wineries that line West Dry Creek Road, starting with Mill Creek Winery in the south and Bella Vineyards, Martorana Family Winery and Quivira Vineyards further north. Give yourself a full day to see them all!
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Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves
Bella Vineyards is a small, family run winery dedicated to handcrafting small lots of zinfandel. The family focuses on their century-old estate vineyards as well as those tended by other small, passionate growers who are extremely dedicated to the heritage and quality of these vines planted so many generations ago. Tastings are held in the wine cave on the property at the north end of West Dry Creek Road. The atmosphere, hospitality and wines are top-notch!
Wines Produced: Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah
Great wine, great atmosphere and friendly staff! The wine tasting is done in the cave and the ambiance is really nice. The wines were excellent, and the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The grounds are so pretty with lots of seating to enjoy a glass of wine and some yummy chocolate. -AB, Google Review
Martorana Family Winery
On the steep hillsides of Santo Stefano, in the Piedmonte region of northwestern Italy, the Accornero family’s five children grew up tending the family’s grapes. In 1939, two of the sisters, Clara and Pierna, set sail for new land in America. They arrived in San Francisco and in 1940 Clara met and married Anthony Martorana, a young man from Palermo, Sicily. Together, they bought land in the Dry Creek region of Sonoma County and began their vineyard and winery.
Over the years Martorana Winery and Vineyards grew to cover 35 acres in two different areas of Dry Creek, including a Native American fishing village once occupied by the Southern Pomo Indians. Here they grew exceptional grapes that went on to produce nationally recognized wines for many of Sonoma’s most notable wineries.
Today, Martorana Winery and Vineyards is run by the next two generations: Clara’s son, Tony Martorana and grandson, Gio Martorana. In 2005 Gio and Tony expanded the operation to include Martorana’s own, small production, award-winning wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. The tasting room is open daily and includes a beautiful picnic area to relax and enjoy your flight of wines.
Wines Produced: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Red Blend
This is my favorite wine country get-away. Beautiful rural setting in any season, friendly people, tasty wines. It feels like your own private estate. -CS, Google Review
Mill Creek Vineyards & Winery
At the south end of the Dry Creek AVA and on the outsirts of Healdsburg, Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery is a small, estate winery that was established in 1974 by the Kreck family. Mill Creek wines are almost exclusively produced from grapes grown on the winery estate property and the family home in Alexander Valley.
Weather permitting, all tastings are seated outside in the garden behind the tasting room and beside the waterwheel. The tasting room building was modeled after photos of lumber mills that existed west of Healdsburg in the late 1800s. It is based upon photos of mills in the Mill Creek watershed, and was created by local architect, Jerry Anderson, to be a functioning tasting room, as well as a symbolic replication of those mills. There is a wide selection of wines to try - three white varietals and three red varietals - with something for almost every taste.
Wines Produced: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon
This is a smaller family run vineyard and tasting room, friendly and accommodating - made us feel like we were old friends. The wine was very good, and there was a good variety to choose from. If you like family run wineries, do yourself a favor and stop by! -BH, Google Review
Quivira is comprised of three separate organic vineyards which are located within the unique Dry Creek Valley AVA and combines both coastal and inland influences. In addition to meticulously farmed vineyards, the 100+ acre estate features over 100 garden beds with rotating plantings of fruits, vegetables and flowers surrounding the tasting room and winery. The beautiful grounds make for an idyllic setting to enjoy your flight of wines, of which Quivira is an acclaimed producer of Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rhone varietals.
Wines Produced: Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Rhone-style red blends, Cabernet Sauvignon
Beautiful setting. Loved the gardens and animals. Great wine, views. The general manager Jim is a national treasure. The customer service at this vineyard is the best I have ever experienced. You will not regret an afternoon spent at Quivera. -AB, Google Review
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