Dry Creek Valley’s Amphora Winery was born of Sonoma County native Rick Hutchinson’s passion for wine, which began when he was just 20 years old. It was during his first job bottling for Sebastiani Winery that he stepped foot into a cellar, where the aromas of fermentation reminded him of the scent of the jams and jellies his mother would make at the end of each summer. Rick spent the next decade learning the art of winemaking from some of Sonoma’s most celebrated winemakers, immersing himself in the Sonoma County wine scene, focusing on Dry Creek Valley zinfandel and petite sirah.
In 1997, Rick’s winery, dubbed “Amphora” after his other passion for making the clay jars used to store wine in ancient times, began, and he stored his wine in the basement of a small barn in Dry Creek Valley wine country. As word of Rick’s red wines spread via friends and family, he found it difficult to keep up with the demand, often selling out of wine before it was bottled! In 2006, Rick moved Amphora Winery to a larger Dry Creek Valley location in the Timber Crest Farms complex where it is still located today.
This red wine has a sweet leafy note reminiscent of black tea and mint. The flavors lean toward the riper end of the spectrum, with red licorice and dead-ripe dark plum. $34.00/bottle
Aged 22 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels, this red wine is rich with cassis, white pepper, and fennel against a core of blackberries and baked cobbler, this wine will linger and remind. $35.00/bottle
This Italian varietal, grown and bottled right here in Dry Creek Valley, reveals classic scents of dried cherries and leather with bright fruit character and a lively mouthfeel. Maybe it’s Sangiovese’s Italian pedigree, but we think this red wine absolutely begs for some good food to accompany it.
Amphora Winery is open for wine tasting seven days a week, 11:00am – 4:30pm, excluding holidays. Located atop a small hill in the Timber Crest Farms complex, Amphora Winery has a picnic area which features shaded tables, bocce courts and beautiful views of Dry Creek Valley wine country. Amphora Winery’s friendly team of tasting room staff can guide you, helping you choose the perfect wine for any occasion.
The fee for wine tasting is $10/person; reservations are required for groups of eight or more.
In addition to wine tasting, Amphora Winery offers events throughout the year. Check their Events Calendar for details.
From the south: Exit northbound US Hwy. 101 in Healdsburg at the Dry Creek Road exit. Turn left onto Dry Creek Road, proceed approximately 6 miles to 4791 Dry Creek Road (on your right).
From the north: Exit southbound US Hwy. 101 at Canyon Road, make a right turn onto Canyon Road, proceed approximately 2 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn left onto Dry Creek Road. Drive south approximately 2 miles to 4791 Dry Creek Road (on your left).
4791 Dry Creek Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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