Dry Creek Valley
Became AVA 1983
West of Alexander Valley
15mi. Long 2 mi. wide
Topography High Average Low
Elevation 1770.57 ft. 307.63 ft. 86.79 ft.
South: Deep, fertile Yolo soils are on alluvial fans and flood plains. Any crop can be grown on these soils. Good for white grapes.
North: The mid-terrace and hillside soils on the benches and hills, often a distinctive red color, are composed primarily of gravelly clay loam. Zinfandel thrives in the mid-terrace soils. Small crops of fine red grape varieties are grown on the hillsides.
Climate: Warmer in north and south is cooler. Daytime stays cool because it’s shielded from Pacific ocean.
Temperature & Rainfall
Average Hi °F Med °F Low °F Rain in.
81.4 64.8 48.3 6.42
Best known for Zins; Spicy zins, rich and dark fruit
Newcomer to Dry creek, best in southern portion of valley; crisp and tropical
Warmer days w/ gentle breezes, Have ripe berries and cheery fruit. Tend to have a good spiciness, similar to bordeaux in that they can age.
Although cabernet and chardonnay are widely grown; many farms tend to look to other varietals.
Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot & Cabernet Franc