Dry Creek Valley
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Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley are located north of Healdsburg in Sonoma County wine country.
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Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley Wineries and Wine Tasting
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A Brief History of Alexander Valley and
Dry Creek Valley wine country
Alexander Valley gets its name from the first European to develop the area: Cyrus Alexander. At the age of 21 Cyrus left his native Pennsylvania for the exciting life of a fur trapper in the Rocky Mountains.
Cyrus Alexander arrived in California in 1833 and soon went to work for Captain Henry Delano Fitch. Fitch had received the 48,000 acre Rancho Sotoyome land grant from the Mexican government in 1844 and having business to attend to in San Diego, sent Alexander to develop and manage a ranch on his property.
Alexander spent the next four years building redwood and adobe buildings, planting fruit trees, growing wheat, managing livestock, building both a lime kiln and a grist mill and planting the area's first grape vines. Cyrus was rewarded for his efforts with 10,000 acres that he was able to choose himself. He married fourteen year old Rufina Lucero and they eventually had ten children, five of whom survived to adulthood.
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