Alexander Valley AVA

Alexander Valley

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

Topography

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

 

Wineries

CLOS DU BOIS DELORIMIER WINERY FIELD STONE WINERY & VINEYARD FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY HANNA WINERY – ALEXANDER VALLEY HAWKES TASTING ROOM  J. RICKARDS VINEYARDS & WINERY  JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERY MEDLOCK AMES MEEKER VINEYARD, THE MERCURY WINE PECH MERLE WINERY RAMAZZOTTI WINES ROBERT YOUNG ESTATE WINERY ROUTE 128 VINEYARDS & WINERY SILVER OAK CELLARS SIMI WINERY SODA ROCK WINERY STARLITE VINEYARDS STONESTREET ALEXANDER MOUNTAIN ESTATE STRYKER SONOMA WINERY & VINEYARDS  STUHLMULLER VINEYARDS  TRENTADUE WINERY TRIONE VINEYARDS & WINERY WHITE OAK VINEYARDS & WINERY