Winery Spotlight: Geyser Peak Winery

Geyser Peak Winery

 

It’s been just over a year since Geyser Peak Winery moved from Alexander Valley–where it had been since 1880–to its current location on Westside Road. We are thrilled that they have chosen Dry Creek Valley as their new home.

 

Historic photo of the original winery

Historic photo of the original winery

Geyser Peak was founded in 1880 as California’s 29th bonded winery by Augustus Quitzow, one of Sonoma County’s pioneer winemakers. For the past 16 years, Ondine Chattan has been the winemaker at Geyser Peak.  Chattan came to Geyser Peak with a wealth of knowledge, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Enology from Fresno State University. She also had winemaking experience, having worked at Cline Cellars and Ridge Vineyards.

 

Winemaker Ondine Chattan

Winemaker Ondine Chattan

Quitzow chose the original winery site in Geyserville for its vantage point of the famed Geysers Geothermal area. Were he alive today, he would certainly approve of the beautiful views at the new location, too. The large patio deck is a favorite place for guests to relax with a bottle of wine. A lush grassy expanse makes a perfect setting for a game of corn hole.

 

Geyser Peak Winery

Geyser Peak has long placed an emphasis on sustainability, growing while keeping an eye toward the future. Bottles are made from 35-55% recycled glass, harvest byproducts are composted, and waste water is redistributed. The winery is certified for Fish Friendly Farming practices.

You can find some of Geyser Peak’s fine wines in distribution nationally, but there are many bottles you will only find at the tasting room. Geyser Peak now makes two Dry Creek Valley-appellated wines that are not to be missed: XYZin Reserve Zinfandel and Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, first vinted in 2014.