September 24th, 2014
This September in Dry Creek Valley
Celebrate California Wine Month in Dry Creek Valley
In Dry Creek Valley, we like to think every month is California Wine Month, but in September, it’s official. This year marks the tenth year California’s Governor has legally-proclaimed the occasion; Governor Jerry Brown issued an official statement earlier this month to commemorate California’s bounty and its incredible history of winemaking.
The first grapes were planted in California by Spanish missionaries for making sacramental wine. By the late 1770s, California’s viniculture was flourishing. In the mid-19th century, a Hungarian Count named Agoston Haraszthy brought a huge range of grape varietals to California and was likely responsible for introducing zinfandel to the state, which is now recognized as one of California’s most iconic wine grapes. Today, our state produces approximately 90% of the United States’ wine.
Dry Creek Valley is the proud home of one of the densest concentrations of Old Vine Zinfandel in the world, with vines over 140 years old. For generations, our winegrowers have put tremendous labor and love into our zinfandel and played an integral part in establishing this beloved grape as a California icon. Today, Dry Creek Valley sets the bar for producing world-class, age-worthy zinfandels.
Whether you’re a fellow Californian or visiting us from afar, we invite you to raise a glass this month in honor of the early pioneers who first grew wine on our soil and the innovators who keep the industry thriving today. We’ve been celebrating California Wine Month with events all September long, and there are still opportunities to close out the month with a toast. If you’re headed out our way, make sure you take advantage of some of the unique offerings at our member wineries. (more…)