THE DRY CREEK VALLEY
With a grape-growing history going back 140 years, the compact Dry Creek Valley American viticultural area (AVA) includes more than 9,000 vineyard acres and over 70 wineries, one deli, and no stoplights in an area only 16 miles long and two miles wide. Best known for its robust Zinfandel wines, this rural wine region is located in north-central Sonoma County, just outside the city of Healdsburg.
Today, it’s not only one of California’s hottest wine travel destinations, but it’s also … a rural backwater, with just about nothing but family-owned vineyards and wineries best known for their robust Zinfandel wines. Despite the increased attention, little has changed.
But what has changed in Dry Creek Valley has often changed for the better: better wines, better farming practices, and better watershed stewardship.