Dry Creek Valley AVA

 

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.

Soils

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

Zinfandel:  

Best known for Zins; Spicy zins, rich and dark fruit

Sauvignon Blanc: 

Newcomer to Dry creek, best in southern portion of valley; crisp and tropical

Cabernet Sauvignon:

 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

Wineries

A. RAFANELLI WINERY

AMISTA VINEYARDS

AMPHORA WINERY

ARMIDA WINERY

BELLA VINEYARDS AND WINE CAVES

CHATEAU DIANA

COLLIER FALLS VINEYARDS

DAVERO FARMS & WINERY

DASHE CELLARS

DAVID COFFARO VINEYARD & WINERY

DE LA MONTANYA WINERY

DRY CREEK VINEYARD

DUTCHER CROSSING WINERY

FERRARI-CARANO VINEYARDS & WINERY

FORCHINI VINEYARDS & WINERY

FORTH VINEYARDS

FRICK WINERY

FRITZ UNDERGROUND WINERY

GEYSER PEAK WINERY

GUSTAFSON FAMILY VINEYARD

GÖPFRICH VINEYARD & WINERY

KACHINA VINEYARDS

KOKOMO WINERY

LAGO DI MERLO VINEYARDS & WINERY

LAMBERT BRIDGE WINERY

MARTORANA FAMILY WINERY

MAURITSON FAMILY WINERY

MAZZOCCO SONOMA WINERY

MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER

MIETZ CELLARS

MILL CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY

MOUNTS FAMILY WINERY

NALLE WINERY

PAPAPIETRO PERRY WINERY

PASSALACQUA WINERY

PEDRONCELLI WINERY

PETERSON WINERY

PHILIP STALEY VINEYARDS & WINERY

PRESTON OF DRY CREEK

QUIVIRA VINEYARDS & WINERY

RAYMOND BURR VINEYARDS

RIDGE VINEYARDS / LYTTON SPRINGS

RUED WINERY

SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS

SIMONCINI VINEYARDS

TALTY VINEYARDS & WINERY

TELDESCHI WINERY

TRATTORE WINES

TRUETT HURST WINERY

WEST WINES

WILSON WINERY

YOAKIM BRIDGE VINEYARDS & WINERY

ZICHICHI FAMILY VINEYARD