Tour and Taste Dry Creek Valley $30.00/ppGROUP SIZE 1 - 8
Experience a behind-the-scenes look at Dry Creek Vineyard as one of our knowledgeable wine educators leads you through a guided tour of our family winery’s history, sustainable vineyard and winery practices, winemaking techniques, and much more! Along the way, you’ll enjoy an intimate tasting of our limited production and single vineyard wines.
Founded in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard produces world-class wines in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. We invite you to visit our family winery and experience our gracious hospitality, beautiful picnic area and delicious wines.
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery, which triggered a viticultural reawakening in northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, he personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, he headed west to California to start his own family winery.Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always looking to push the envelope, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest is history.Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that over deliver on quality. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter.
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