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Dry Creek Vineyard

Dry Creek Vineyard—the first new winery in Dry Creek Valley after Prohibition—was founded by David S. Stare in 1972 with David's daughter Kim and her husband Don Wallace now at the helm.

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Inspired by wines produced in France’s Loire Valley and contrary to the advice of local experts, Stare planted Sauvignon Blanc in an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store.
In addition to being the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in Dry Creek Valley, Dave was the first to produce a a Fumé Blanc in Sonoma County and initiated the appellation status for Dry Creek Valley in 1983.
Dry Creek Vineyard enjoys an international reputation for its Dry Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Zinfandels. The valley had been well regarded as a region producing world class zinfandel but its reputation needed to be re-established after Prohibition’s devastation of the local wine industry.
Stare was also an early proponent of Bordeaux-style blending—the tradition of blending complementary grapes to create gracefully balanced wines—and Dry Creek Vineyard was a founding member of the Meritage Alliance in 1988 and first to use the moniker.
In addition to enjoying the several wines in their Bordeaux Program a special “Meritage: The Art of the Blend” program for groups of 6 or more is available by appointment along with several other tasting options.
Kim Stare Wallace
Kim Stare Wallace in the tasting room


Dry Creek Vineyard
3770 Lambert Bridge Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Phone: 707-433-1000 or 800-864-9463

Dry Creek Vineyard winery sign

Use the tools of the trade to make your own Meritage blend then compare it to Dry Creek Vineyard’s version.

Meritage blending at Dry Creek Vineyard

The high ceiling tasting room features knowledgeable staff, fireplace, books, glassware and art.

Dry Creek Vineyard tasting room panorama

A large yard provides multiple sunny or shady picnic tables for winery visitors.

Winery and yard

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