The Best Dry Creek Wineries That I Adore
Dry Creek Valley is located in Sonoma County, California, which is about an hour and a half’s drive north of San Francisco. If there’s anything you must know about me, it’s that I love Sonoma County Wineries and the Dry Creek Wineries I visited are no exception. Continue reading below for the Best Dry Creek Wineries that I recommend you visit! Also, anyone from Dry Creek knows that the General Store is a must for locals to hang out, grab a bite or a drink and relax. Read more about The Dry Creek General Store here.
Additionally, for more fabulous Sonoma County Wineries, check out my Best Sonoma Coast Wineries blog post here as well as my Top 10 Sonoma Wineries post here and my Top 10 Healdsburg Tasting Rooms & Bars post here. Now, without further ado, let’s get into the Dry Creek Wineries. As always, this list is in alphabetical order.
A Rafanelli Winery
A Rafanelli Winery is another winery I absolutely adore. Being backed by four generations of growers and producers, A Rafanelli is dedicated to creating wines with the utmost quality. They produce a traditional style of handcrafted wines and utilize sustainable farming practices to preserve their heritage for generations to come. Next time you are in Dry Creek, you must give A Rafanelli a visit! 4685 West Dry Creek Road. Healdsburg, California.
Gorgeous landscaping at the entrance.
I loved looking out over the views of the vineyard while tasting! It was such a beautiful day in Healdsburg when I visited, and there’s truly nothing like spending a sunny day tasting fine wines among the vines.
A quaint outdoor setup with business cards, sanitizer, and of course the tasting menu.
A Rafanelli is known for their delicious Zinfandel, but another one of their wines that stood out to me was their stunning Merlot. I ended up buying myself a bottle of this beauty.
Glass in hand, soaking up the beauty and rich family history of this incredible winery.
Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves
When you hear the name “Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves,” your first thought must be: Wine Caves? Believe me, that was my first thought too and as you’ll see in my photos, this lovely winery is built in a cave tucked in the side of a hill. This small addition made my visit that much more memorable and I’ll forever associate these cool caves with wonderfully elegant wines. 9711 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The entrance to the winery via the cave.
The winery also has above-ground seating, so you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding vineyards. Everything about Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves is beautiful—aboveground and underground!
A gorgeous wine display in the Wine Cave with candles that really set the mood
As with any of the wineries I recommend you go visit on my blog, the vineyard views are absolutely stunning. This winery affords sweeping views of the surrounding area as well.
Kokomo Winery is another one of the many lovely Dry Creek Wineries I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Owner and Winemaker Erik Miller started Kokomo Winery in 2004 and named it after his hometown of Kokomo, IN. When I visited, I noticed how warm and homey it felt as if everyone were part of a big happy family. If you’re looking to visit some wonderful Dry Creek Wineries, look no further than Kokomo Winery! 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The beautiful Kokomo Winery vineyards
A selection of some of the delicious wines they have at Kokomo Winery
Winemaker Erik Miller (on the right) proudly showcasing one of Kokomo Winery’s award-winning wines
These wine bottles are so classic and elegant!
Winemaker Erik Miller
Lambert Bridge Winery
Lambert Bridge Winery is a fabulous family-owned winery in Dry Creek Valley that specializes in small lot, handcrafted, artisanal wines. This means that their wines feel special and one-of-a-kind, which makes for a truly wonderful and memorable experience. 4085 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
All smiles arriving at Lambert Bridge for a fabulous Wine Tasting with them and food from SpoonBar, Healdsburg
These barrels give this wonderful tasting room a rustic-chic feel. I love it!
Mauritson Wines is a wonderful winery that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting on a number of occasions and every time I’ve gone, I’ve fallen more in love. Their wines are spectacular as is the hospitality. Founder and Owner Clay Mauritson is so knowledgeable about the world of wine and the industry of winemaking…. That’s why I sat down with Clay to do an Instagram Live earlier this year, which you must check out here! Also, the photos you’re about to see have all come from Mauritson Wines’ Instagram. 2859 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The elegant and classy exterior of the lovely Mauritson Wines
Just look at those sweeping views of the valley and river below!
Some photos of their simple yet elegant wine bottles. This one is from 2009!
When I tell you I was taken aback by the sheer beauty of it all, I mean it!
This is Durban! Doesn’t his outfit match the beauty of the scenery around him so well?
Papapietro Perry Winery
Papapietro Perry Winery is another lovely winery that I adore. They have such a homey, cozy feeling that whenever I visit, I feel like I’m part of a big happy family. Their wines are also absolutely divine and I would highly recommend everyone go visit and taste some of their fantastic wines. 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The warm red color of this building coupled with all of the different vibrant plants made me feel so welcome.
Like all of my favorite wineries, Papapietro does not disappoint when it comes to their vineyards. Because they’re on a hill, you can wander through the vineyards and take in the stunning view of the surrounding landscape.
This friendly face is the lovely Ben Papapietro, a Winemaker at Papapietro Perry Winery. If you want to learn more about Ben and his start in the world of winemaking, check out my interview with him in my blog post here!
These wines are perfect with a few slices of cheese as well. I highly recommend!
Photos courtesy of Papapietro Perry Winery
Quivira Vineyards blew me away with how gorgeous the scenery was, which you’ll see below. The vineyards and garden were so lush and I felt so tranquil taking in the sheer beauty. They are also making Biodynamic Wines. 4900 W Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The autumnal colors are so stunning against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains
Quivira’s stunning gardens with vibrant flowers of so many different colors
Noah and Kelly Dorrance are the husband and wife duo behind the wonderful Reeve Wines. I have known Kelly and Noah for years as I first met them when they founded Banshee Wines a few years ago. After that project, they recently founded Reeve Wines which is a MUST see Winery in Dry Creek. After you see the gorgeous pictures below and taste their wines you’ll understand why. See more about Reeve Wines here and be sure to tell them I sent you it’s always great introducing old friends to new friends! 4551 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
This photo truly captures the beauty of the Reeve Wines vineyards. I love the warm red, orange, and yellow colors complementing the beautiful green trees in the background. What better way to enjoy some stunning wines than to do so with this view!
Noah and Kelly Dorrance. They were so lovely to meet and they welcomed me with such warm hospitality.
As a lover of Pinot Noir Wines, I was delighted to be able to try some at Reeve Wines and I was not disappointed (which is saying something because I am quite picky about my Pinot Noir).
Located in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, I was thrilled to finally get a chance to visit Ridge Winery and Vineyard’s Lytton Springs Winery. As we know, wineries all over the world are adjusting to our new normal (during COVID) and Ridge Winery & Vineyards is making a fantastic effort to ensure the safety and comfort of their guests. Continue reading to see my fabulous experience at Ridge Winery and Vineyards here.
Great wines with a beautiful scenery in the background to add to the experience.
Truett Hurst Winery
Truett Hurst is another winery on this list of Dry Creek Wineries that I want to share with you. They are committed to creating wines that illuminate the region the winery is located in (Dry Creek Valley). The following quote is from their website:
“Our goal is to create wines that reflect the character of the vineyards we farm and the people who make them—a true taste of place.”
If there’s one thing you should take away from this blog post, it is that Dry Creek Valley is a California Winery Region gem that you must visit! Truett Hurst also has a great outdoor space so after you visit I suggest buying a bottle, relaxing and staying and enjoying their lovely outdoor setting. 5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
I love all of the red accents throughout the whole winery!
I got to try this lovely 2016 Estate Zinfandel
As well as this 2016 Swallowtail Chardonnay!
Having some fun in the sun in this lovely Truett Hurst garden! These red lawn chairs are such vibrant pops of color among the lovely yellow flowers and lush greenery.
VML Winery is another winery on this list of Best Dry Creek Wineries that I suggest you visit. Their wines all come from a single vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and they focus on crafting wines that highlight the unique and beautiful environmental features (terroir, for those of you familiar with wine lingo) of the Dry Creek Valley region. 5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448
The indoor tasting room. The red velvet chairs were so plush and comfortable and I kept looking at the art pieces on the wall. So interesting and unique!
I have never seen a winery decorated in this way, which made the experience that much more fun! The entire winery is composed of a variety of different architectural and design styles to create a space that feels truly one-of-a-kind.
I enjoyed the VML Sparkling Wine which was quite delicious and the new VLM Tasting room is so chic you never want to leave.
A big thank you to all of the lovely Dry Creek Wineries who have hosted me for various visits and made this Best Dry Creek Wineries blog post possible.