Dry Creek Valley Sonoma road trip

 

Dry Creek Valley Sonoma road trip

Dry Creek Valley Sonoma road trip

Dry Creek Valley, a scenic road trip through Sonoma’s wine country

It always seems like perfect weather early June up in Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County – the promising growth of the area’s famous zinfandel grapes looks like another delicious year for tasting wines in the region. Of course it’s natural to take a scenic road trip through the area, preferably in a sporty convertible to enjoy all those views of rolling hills and vineyards sprawling all the way to the coastal mountains of West Sonoma County. I love that these craggy old grape vines are still flourishing on many established vineyards and producing the legendary zinfandel that is predominantly grown and ideal to the Dry Creek topography.  Zindfandel has a long history in the valley and is grown on over 2,400 acres throughout the valley. But enough of the data, we are just here to relax, enjoy the sunny weather and hopefully sample some fine wines along the way.

 

 

Old growth zinfandel at Dry Creek Valley

Old growth zinfandel at Dry Creek Valley

 

 

 

Zinfandel vineyard at Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Zinfandel vineyard at Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Welcome to Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

 

 

 

 

What’s a road trip without stopping to take a picture at the iconic sign of the Dry Creek area with sprawling vineyards in the background, okay here it is for those that must see the sign and postcard perfect view. I cruise through and endless stream of vineyards with lush vistas of rolling hills and geometric patterns of vines crawling up to the hills in all directions. In Dry Creek, they really take advantage of growing vines in every strategic spot including the foothills in the area to maximize every square acre for grape production.

 

Here are a few more spots I had to stop and take a picture of the area:

 

 

Crossing the Russian River at Dry Creek Valley

Crossing the Russian River at Dry Creek Valley

 

 

 

Old rusty along the highway at Dry Creek Valley

Old rusty along the highway at Dry Creek Valley

 

 

 

The Dry Creek general store est 1881

The Dry Creek general store est 1881

 

For some reason, a Sotheby’s For Sale sign caught my eye and fronting an expansive vineyard view was this ornate and stately Victorian home with a huge veranda.  Can you picture yourself in the late afternoon on that veranda with a fine glass of local zinfandel and just sipping and watching the grapes grow, nice right?  Want to own a piece of beautiful wine country? After a quick search online, I found property listing for a mere $1, 250,000-  its worth every penny don’t you think?  The Sotheby’s listing shows this property as a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with over 2081 square feet of living space, here’s the listing for those interested in touring the interior of the home. The home comes with .7 acres of land, just enough space to put int a small hobby vineyard if you choose. What do you think – would you buy it if you had the money for the good life in Dry Creek Valley?

 

 

Vineyard view premium home for sale at Dry Creek Valley

Vineyard view premium home for sale at Dry Creek Valley

 

I took a detour from Dry Creek Valley Road to visit a well-respected green/eco winery called Quivira – a certified organic and biodynamic winery. I’ve read about all the cool eco focused projects that the winery had implemented for their organic vineyard and operations including: a produce garden, artisan wine production, farm animals, even a steel head spawning ground.  I was looking forward to checking it out, but unfortunately I didn’t check out the days of operation and it was closed that day, a real bummer.  Well even though it was closed, I did take some pictures below of their garden and vineyards and spotted some of the green initiatives that they were pursuing including the solar roof panels, gardens and animal stalls in the gardens. It would have been nice to try some of their specialty wines, but then I’ll make sure to go back again for another visit when the tasting room is open. Biodynamic farming is one of the latest new trends in wine production, creating a new product niche in the competitive wine marketplace. For those who support the development of authentic crafted wines, then biodynamic farming is the most complex terroir focused methodology and is starting to command respect within the industry and to wine connoisseurs. To learn more about the process of biodynamic farming of grapes, visit Quivira’s information page here.

 

 

Green/Eco focused Quivira at Dry Creek Valley

Green/Eco focused Quivira at Dry Creek Valley

 

 

 

 

Growing beds at Quivira at Dry Creek Valley

Growing beds at Quivira at Dry Creek Valley

 

 

 

There are many wineries to enjoy in the region with unique amenities, gardens and even wine caves to explore. We are continuing the road trip along Dry Creek Valley road to visit the gorgeous estate of Ferrari Carano winery which is close to the end of Dry Creek Valley Road.  The estate is simply stunning, resembling a Tuscan villa set on acres of rolling hills and vineyards. But the real gem to this beautiful winery is not only the wines that they produce but the amazing gardens that surround the property and are open to the public to wander and enjoy.

 

Ferrari Carano winery at Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Ferrari Carano winery at Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

 

 

The owners have always been fond of beautiful gardens from their many travels and having an estate with a botanical garden as part of its signature brand brings in a cross spectrum of wine, art and garden lovers to visit the winery and seems to go hand in hand with the milieu of this expansive estate.

 

Ferrari Carano gardens at Dry Creek

Ferrari Carano gardens at Dry Creek

 

 

 

 

Gardens at Ferrari Carano, Dry Creek Valley

Gardens at Ferrari Carano, Dry Creek Valley

 

 

The gardens are definitely a must visit to the estate. In the next post I’ll give you an extensive tour of the gardens and visit inside the estate where we can sample some of the fine wines on their tasting menu. Thanks for taking the road trip to Dry Creek Valley, hope you enjoyed the tour – if you want to find out more information about Dry Creek Valley and wineries, please visit their official website here.   If you enjoyed the post on Dry Creek Valley Sonoma road trip , please do share it with any of the social media buttons below or on the side of the post. Thanks so much.

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24 Responses to Dry Creek Valley Sonoma road trip

  1. Jenna July 3, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Beautiful! I love this area and have stayed in a small lodge there a couple of times. I actually brought a bottle of Quivira Zinfandel with me to Brazil and can’t wait to try it.

  2. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} July 2, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Dry Creek Valley looks beautiful. I’d love to buy that house. If only I had the money! (Perhaps if I’d stop traveling so much, I would have more.) That old school bus is unexpected. I’ll be up in Sonoma in a few weeks and will have to take a look at Dry Creek.

    • Noel July 2, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      How exciting, I love going back to Sonoma, I’m sure you will have a wonderful time visiting. Check out all my other posts about Sonoma, lots to see Michele.

  3. Lillie - @WorldLillie June 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    Such beautiful pictures. I can almost feel the fresh air coursing through my airways! 😀

  4. Casey @ A Cruising Couple June 26, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    I love Sonoma 🙂 Great photos of a beautiful area. When we were in France we saw an interesting photography exhibition that drew inspiration from vineyards, and specifically the unique shape each vine has. Your second photo reminded me a lot of it 🙂

  5. Micki June 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Beautiful photos, as always. I swear I can feel the sunshine on my skin when I look at your photos of the vineyards. I’ve never been to Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, but it looks like I should consider going soon!

  6. Mary @Green Global Travel June 24, 2014 at 10:31 am #

    Quivira sounds like a winery right up our alley. Love those solar panels. Thanks for introducing us to a green/eco-winery! Too bad it was closed when you were there.

  7. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 24, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    As always, beautiful photography – I’ve heard a lot about Sonoma – that penultimate photo is beautiful with that gorgeous landscape and I love the colourful flowers in the last one too!

  8. Gran Canaria Local June 24, 2014 at 12:34 am #

    Wow, we spent some time in California. But never made it to Wine Country. More’s the pity as we sit here drooling at your images.

  9. Karon June 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Beautiful pictures! Definitely time for me to return and explore further!

  10. Chris Boothman June 23, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    Gorgeous images! I think Heather and I both regret not taking more time during our trip to San Fran to explore the Sonoma wine region. We love taking wine tours and exploring vineyards so this estate looks like a great spot to start experiencing California’s finest.

  11. Valen-Eating The Globe June 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I used to live near here! Thanks for sharing such gorgeous pictures. You made me miss it…

  12. jesh StG June 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Beautiful estate! Love the rich and peaceful views of Sonoma wine country. Such a contrast with other things happening in Arizona now.

  13. wandering educators June 22, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Love those flowers at the end – what colors!!

  14. Cathy Sweeney June 22, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Dry Creek Valley is one of my favorite of all California areas. Love the pics of Ferrari-Carano — beautiful winery and vineyard. I first visited them when they were down the road in a small building. They’ve come a long way!

  15. Marcia June 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    Oh how beautiful, Noel. I love the combination of flowers, art and wine.

  16. alison June 21, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Those old grape vines have such beautiful texture, and you’ve highlighted it beautifully. It looks like a divine road trip the next time i’m on the west coast. I especially love chardonnays from the Sonoma region-so this is right up my alley!

  17. Ryan Biddulph June 19, 2014 at 11:28 pm #

    Awesome imagery Noel! Ferrari Carano looks stunning! Thanks 🙂

  18. budget jan June 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    I love seeing the old growth vines (and olive trees too), there is something special about their history that is awe inspiring. Looks like a lovely drive.

  19. Anna | slightly astray June 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Gorgeous! I love visiting wineries and vineyards, especially during harvest season. And that garden is just beautiful! I haven’t been to Sonoma County yet, but I hope to someday, though I can tell you that I definitely won’t have a sporty convertible!

  20. NatureFootstep Travel June 19, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    there is much beauty in wine country. I hope the wine is good to. 🙂

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