There is no shortage of stunning wineries to visit in Dry Creek Valley. Located just 10 minutes from downtown Healdsburg, Michel-Schlumberger Estate and Winery is one of the most visually striking, with architecture reminiscent of the Old World and the Spanish architecture of early California history.
With a focus on high-quality, low production lots, the winery was founded by Jean-Jacque Michel, who moved from Switzerland and planted the vineyard’s first vines in 1979. Michel chose Dry Creek Valley because of the conducive climate and soils for producing premium wines. While the region is known as zinfandel territory, Michel saw great potential for Bordeaux grape varieties in his vineyards.
Michel was later joined by Jacque Pierre Schlumberger, who came from a 400-year family history of winemaking in Alsace, France at Domaine Viticoles Schlumberger. Schlumberger retired in 2011, and the winery has since evolved with new investment and management, honoring the original owners’ vision.
While the winery produces an exquisite zindandel, they are also known for experimenting with many less common grape varieties for Dry Creek Valley, including pinot blanc, semillon, and cabernet franc. Consulting Winemaker Kerry Damskey is a strong advocate for red blends, and has championed Dry Creek Valley’s potential for elegant cabernet sauvignon-syrah blends, common to Australia, but less known in California. Michel-Schlumberger is committed to sustainable farming practices that allow for their land to produce wine now preserve it for future generations.
The vineyard and estate are perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or for a visit with friends. Share a bottle of their opulent Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay on their spacious terrace, curl up by their cozy fireplace, walk through their gardens and redwood grove, or relax around their reflecting pool. For a more immersive experience, Michel-Schlumberger Winery offers a five-course wine and food pairing featuring dishes created by the estate’s Executive Chef Michael Pryor, who will guide each guest through the meal, highlighting why each course is a perfect match to the wines. Guests may also take a back roads tour of Michel-Schlumberger’s expansive vineyards on their eco-friendly motorized wagons, with awe-inspiring views.