One of the pleasures of visiting Dry Creek Valley is that several of our more than sixty wineries are located right in downtown Healdsburg, in walking distance of many local hotels. Since 2004, Stephen & Walker Winery has wowed visitors in town with their premium artisanal wines.
Tony Stephen and his wife Nancy Walker co-own Stephen & Walker Winery with their business partner Irving Bush, where they bring a combined half century of winemaking and viticulture expertise to their craft. Both Walker and Stephen earned degrees from the renowned UC Davis in the early 1980s. Walker’s first foray into winemaking was in 1984 at Geyser Peak Winery, which was located in Alexander Valley then, but is now another cherished winery in Dry Creek Valley.
The couple make wines from vineyards in several AVAs of Northern California. Their Dry Creek Valley zinfandel grapes are grown at a 900 feet elevation site in the benchlands above the valley floor, on West Dry Creek Road. It’s an exceptional spot for red grapes, so it’s no wonder the 2012 vintage has garnered gold medals from wine competitions including Sunset Magazine, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Los Angeles International Wine Competition and more. The wine was voted Best of Region and Best of Class at the California State Fair.
“I never get tired of making, tasting and drinking zinfandel. These old vine vineyards contribute tremendous density and rich layers of aroma and flavor,” Walker says. Her passion for Dry Creek Valley’s signature grape is evident in the exceptional complexity in each bottle.
Stephen & Walker Winery is an essential stop when exploring the tasting rooms in downtown Healdsburg. Since they’re open daily until 7pm–later than most wineries–it’s also a perfect place to wine down your day. Guests may also enjoy a cheese plate with their wine flight any day of the week.