Founded by Cyrus Alexander in 1842
Became an AVA in 1984
75,000 acres of land; 14,000 acres of vineyards
0ver 30 wineries, over 30 varieties, 250 farmers
High Average Low Elevation
2572.49 ft. 626.77 ft. 128.28 ft.
Soil: valley is well drained sandy loams, created by volcanic activity in the Macayamas Range. Hillsides are gravel and volcanic rock.
Climate: North is warmer than the south.
Russian River weaves through valley cooling it with fog.
The hot days are cooled when night time comes, with cooling breeze from Healdsburg gap.
Much warmer than Russian River and Carneros
Temperature & Rainfall
Average Hi °F Med °F Low °F Rain in.
81.1 64.7 49.3 6.7
Cabernet Sauvignon: is king in Alexander Valley. Likes the gravelly soils: Plums, Licorice, Black cherry and rich wines
Chardonnay: full bodied, richer styles, tropical and long finishes
Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Sangiovese