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Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Ferrari-Carano has grown from a single 60-acre parcel purchased in 1979 to 19 estate vineyards in four appellations totaling 1,400 acres. The Ferrari-Carano Estate Winery in Dry Creek Valley, Villa Fiore, houses the valley’s most impressive hospitality visitor’s center.

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Villa Fiore is where the company produces its white wines while Ferrari-Carano’s Mountain Winery Estate on the east side of Alexander Valley focuses on red wine production.
With estate vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley, Carneros and two mountain vineyards, Ferrari-Carano is able to exercise total control over growing the grapes that go into their wines and to have fruit from a wide variety of soil and weather conditions to produce ideal blends.
Sustainable farming techniques are practiced including fish friendly farming, integration of cows and Baby Doll sheep into the vineyards for weed and grass control/natural fertilizer, support of honey bees and wild birds. Other environmentally friendly practices include habitat restoration and the use of dry farming of hillside and mountain vineyards to conserve water.
When you visit Ferrari-Carano in Dry Creek Valley be sure to take in the beautifully landscaped grounds. Flowers will vary with the seasons—wisteria on the entry arbor and tulips in the formal garden at the winery entrance are particularly impressive when blooming. Less formal gardens are in the shady area to the right as you enter.
A winery tour can be reserved in advance where knowledgeable staff will take you through the gardens, into the vineyard, through some of the production area—crush pad, tank rooms—and tasting rooms while sharing the history of Don and Rhonda’s first visit to Sonoma County and the events leading to what you experience today. Your tour will culminate in an offer to taste Ferrari-Carano wines. A number of specialized private tastings are also available focusing on a single varietal (Pinot), white or red only, pairing wine and food and more.
A sculpture at Ferrari-Carano
 
 

 

 
Dry Creek Vineyard
3770 Lambert Bridge Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Phone: 707-433-1000 or 800-864-9463
http://www.drycreekvineyard.com
 
 

 

Ferrari-Carano Estate Winery, Villa Fiore, telephoto shot from across Dry Creek Valley.

Ferrari-Carano from across Dry Creek Valley

The previous photo was shot from the top of the hill seen in this view from the winery.

Dry Creek Valley view from the winery

Wisteria blooming on the entry arbor from the parking lot in spring.

Wisteria bloom on entry arbor at Ferrari-Carano

This small pond with dual waterfalls is in the gated area to the right of the main path as you approach the winery.

A pond at Ferrari Carrano

Entering the winery you will first encounter a shopping area.

Shop at Ferrari-Carano winery

A tasting bar to the left on this level is known as the Villa Fiore tasting bar.

Upper level tasting bar at Ferrari-Carano

The Enoteca Lounge wine tasting area is on the lower level.

Lower level wine tasting bar

Tours at Ferrari-Carano make a stop at this exhibit at the edge of the vineyard.

Ferrari-Carano vineyard walk exhibit

You’ll also have an opportunity to visit a vineyard. These grapes are nearing the véraison stage—change of color.

Grapevines

These storage tanks have been cooled as part of the white wine production process.

Cooling tanks at Ferrari-Carano

At the end of your tour you can peek at Don and Rhonda Carano’s private wine cellar.

Private wine cellar at Ferrari-Carano

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