Our Classic Vineyard Tours invite you to get your boots dirty at Dry Creek Valley’s acclaimed vineyards. These tours give you an exclusive look at Dry Creek’s most scenic vineyards while you learn about vineyard basics, grape varieties and sustainability from the experts themselves. Hosted by legendary winemakers and owners you’ll taste different personalities and styles of wines made from the vines just within your reach. Each vineyard delivers gorgeous, unique views of Dry Creek Valley and promises an experience unlike any other. Tours begin at 9:30am and take place the mornings of Passport on April 25th & 26th. Tours are $25.
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2019 Vineyard Tour Descriptions (check back beginning winter 2019 for updated tours)
Amista Vineyards Hosted by Ashley Herzberg. Sunday Tour.
Amista Vineyards was founded on the premise that wine is a source of endless discovery, rich friendship and life’s special moments should be everyday celebrations. Ashley Herzberg, Winemaker, will guide you through our 20 acres of estate vineyards. Explore the varieties we grow, hear stories about the wines we make and discover the backwater pond that is part of an innovative Habitat Enhancement Project to restore the natural fish habitat in Dry Creek. Your tour will conclude with a Signature Flight of our single vineyard sparkling and still wines. We suggest comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. Please allow 60 minutes. Bring your Friends and join us in the experience of wine country living – good wine, good food and good friends. 16 guests. 3320 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.
Collier Falls Estate Vineyard Hosted by Barry Collier. Sunday Tour
Join winemaker and grower Barry Collier for a very personalized vineyard tour and tasting. Barry will discuss, among other things, the differences between Primitivo and Zinfandel and the challenges of growing fruit on steep hillside vineyards. He will also outline the obligations of sustainable farming his property which borders Fall Creek, a protected tributary and spawning ground for migrating Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon. Finally, taste four different varietal estate wines; all 90+ point selections reviewed by Robert Parker and have the opportunity to buy them all at 10% off with free shipping. 24 Guests. 9931 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg.
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Hosted by Peterson Winery. Saturday Tour
Enjoy your vineyard tour with sweeping views of Dry Creek Valley. Join Peterson Winery founder and winegrower. Fred Peterson at his vineyard and home on top of Bradford Mountain. A true gem of an estate, that sists jetted out on the western edge of Dry Creek Valley, at 1,000 feet of elevation. For those with a little more sense of adventure, be prepared for some elevation change and dusty shoes. Walk through the rows of the 14 varietals that are grown on the property and taste wines maybe previously unknown, like Carignane and Petit Verdot. Make it a tour to remember. 20 guests. 6311 West Dry Creek Road.
Famighetti Vineyards Hosted by Mark + Sheila Farmer and Adobe Road Winery. Saturday Tour
Perched atop one of the highest peaks in the Dry Creek Valley, Famighetti Vineyards is truly unique to the region. The vineyard’s terraced terrain resembles Italy more than Northern California. The elevation and undulating slopes create unique microclimates and soil variations that make it possible for Famighetti Vineyards to grow the highest quality fruit from four varietals: Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache and Viognier.
Famighetti owners Mark and Sheila Farmer’s story is as much about passion as it is about growing incredible grapes. They packed up their bags in Minnesota in 2015 and made the trek to the rolling hills and vineyards of California to begin a new adventure — one they’d been envisioning for over a decade.
The Famighetti grapes are sold to Adobe Road Winery, a boutique winery based in Petaluma. The Farmers’ relationship with Adobe Road goes back over 10 years. “Adobe Road does a great job with our fruit, getting the most out of all four varietals we grow here and this has been reflected in many high ratings and awards.” Adobe Road’s 2015 Zinfandel — the first vintage from Famighetti — just scored an outstanding 91 points from Wine Spectator (May, 2018 issue).
On this tour you will meet the growers, Mark and Sheila Farmer and Adobe Road Winemaker Garrett Martin who has been collaborating with Mark to create some incredible, award-winning vineyard designate wines.
Lytton Springs Vineyard Hosted by Ridge Vineyards. Sunday Tour
Join us for a tour through the century-old vines of our historic Lytton Springs vineyard, while you learn about the rich history of Ridge and go behind the scenes to experience one of the most unique wineries in all of California, solar-powered and built entirely of straw bales and vineyard clay. Limited to just fifteen guests, the group will taste barrel samples alongside their current releases and learn first-hand the benefits of organic farming, the contribution a traditional “field blend” has on the resulting wine, and what constitutes our pre-industrial approach to winemaking at Ridge. 15 guests. 650 Lytton Springs Road.
Mother Clone Vineyard Hosted by Pedroncelli Winery. Sunday Tour.
Explore Pedroncelli’s estate vineyards where Zinfandel has been farmed since the early 1900s. We now have three generations of vineyard here and you’ll get to visit each of them and taste the Mother Clone Zinfandel that is made from this vineyard. 20 guests. 1220 Canyon Rd, Geyserville
Pritchett Peaks Vineyard Hosted by Cameron Mauritson. Sunday Tour.
Details to follow. 35 guests. 13700 Rockpile Road.
Quivira Vineyards Hosted by Ned Horton. Saturday Tour
Treasure hunters traversed the New World for centuries seeking the mythical kingdom of Quivira. Now, the qualities distinct to this special property are yours. Join Quivira’s Viticulturist, Ned Horton, in exploring our self-sufficient estate. Quivira practices the highest levels of organic farming; nutrients that stimulate fruitfulness in the vineyards all come from the property. From wisteria with buzzing bees to vines re-awakening, spring will have sprung at Quivira! 40 guests. 4900 W Dry Creek Road.
Saini Vineyards Hosted by George Christie and Mike Saini. Saturday Tour
The Saini Family, celebrating 100+ years of farming in Dry Creek Valley, will host this private tour and tasting showcasing wines from three of the family’s unique Old Vine Zinfandel blocks. Planted in 1930, 1942 ad 1964, these three blocks have not only produced some of the finest Dry Creek Zinfandels, but serve as a warm reminder of the heritage of grape growing in Sonoma County. This is also an opportunity to visit the newest tasting room in Dry Creek Valley. We hope you can join us! 40 guests. 2507 Dry Creek Rd.
Vineyard Tours are $25. Purchase before they sell out – sales start on February 1st at 10am PST.