10,000 vineyard acres in the Dry Creek Valley
Earned AVA status in 1983
Approximately 16 miles long and 2 miles wide, Dry Creek Valley is one of the smallest enclosed American Viticultural Areas. Roughly 9,300 acres of vineyards extend along the valley floor, the surrounding bench lands and hillsides, and 58 wineries produce a diverse selection of wines ranging from the renowned Zinfandels to Bordeaux and Mediterranean varietals. The history of grape growing and winemaking in this region is among the longest in California, with its roots beginning more than 130 years ago.
Morning fog from the Pacific Ocean tempers warm days – good balance of maritime and inland climates. The stone-strewn soils are ideal for concentrating fruit and flavor character of Zinfandel, the hallmark of the Dry Creek AVA, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, and the resulting wines are rock solid examples of their types. More info.