Wine Road 498 Moore Ln, Healdsburg, CA95448 Wine Road is a nonprofit membership association handling publicity, promotion and public information for more than 160…More wineries and more than 50 lodgings in the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley regions, the three wine regions that converge around Healdsburg. Wine Road, which has the tagline "Heaven Condensed," offers wine tasting maps, tours and travel and lodging information to people all over the world. The organization also sponsors three annual events : "Wine and Food Affair" in November, "Winter Wonderland" in January and "Barrel Tasting" in March.
Unti Vineyard 4202 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA95448 Simply put, "Unti Vineyard is just about growing grapes and making wine - no frills or merchandise, just wine"…More says Alex Hill, tasting room manager. Located off Dry Creek Road, Unti Vineyard accepts visits by appointment only, offering a quaint tasting facility that shares space with the cellar. Unti's philosophy, processes and wines are visible for all to see, which makes the experience feel comfortable and relaxing - exactly what wine tasting is all about.
Hop Kiln Winery 6050 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA95448 Located on Westside Road, Hop Kiln Winery has been a Russian River Valley destination for over 100 years. The Winery is…More committed to preserving the colorful character of the historic ranch while creating fine wine, developing state-of-the-art vineyards and hosting a friendly, spacious visitor center. Visitors are welcome to sample great wines while taking a step back in history. The Winery is home to two wine brands – HKG estate wines and Hop Kiln – the winery is a dramatic destination.
Merriam Vineyards 11650-11654 Los Amigos Rd, Healdsburg, CA95448 A relatively new winery in the Healdsburg area, Merriam Vineyards nonetheless has "roots." Co-owner Peter Merriam is a…More lifelong friend of local radio personality Tom Simoneau, "The Wine Guy," who urged Peter and his wife to start making wine in Sonoma, even though they lived in Maine. The imposing tasting room and production facility sits atop a hillside vineyard south of town on Highway 101, on Los Amigos Road. There is plenty of room for picnicing on the grounds, and the wine store will soon be serving cheese, salami and other foods. Bordeaux varietals are the speciality, grown on the 11-acre property.
You would never get the impression that this was a small boutique winery. Not with its impressive gateway and…More entrance road that winds through gently rolling hills of lush vineyards. But while Lancaster is one of the smaller wineries in Alexander Valley, its Estate wines are legendary. Lancaster wines are produced in limited quantities and sold principally to wine club and mailing list members.</p>
Eight miles from downtown Healdsburg, along the rural Westside Road, Porter Creek Vineyards, is one of the oldest…More wineries in the area—and still one of the smallest. Alex Davis is the owner and winemaker, having taken over from his father in both jobs; his daughter is now learning the ropes.</p>
<p>The tasting room is an artistically decorated rural cabin overlooking rows of vines, with engaging, knowledgeable Jonathan DeMichael guiding visitors through the concise wine list. Most of the wines are estate-grown, including several bottlings of pinot noir that rate high among experts. Production is limited to below 4,000 cases, and Porter Creek wines are usually found only in higher-end restaurants. Despite this, the wines are affordably priced, and the winery has developed a loyal clientele of online and local customers. </p>
A number of winery tasting rooms are found along Westside Road, the first being Mill Creek Vineyards. In fact, Mill…More Creek is technically in the Dry Creek Valley appellation and its selection of wines are the big reds. The tasting room has a rustic air, with a rebuilt water mill spilling into a photogenic pond and plenty of room for picnics.</p>
<p>With case production under 10,000, the winery maintains a family atmosphere: Bill and Yvonne Kreck are the owners, son Jeremy, the winemaker, and son, Brian, is the webmaster. Most wines are estate grown, and tasting room manager Kim Collins is always ready to give customers a sample.</p>
Half a mile south of Healdsburg on Old Redwood Highway is Limerick Lane, where you'll find the winery of the same…More name toward the end of the road. Limerick Lane Cellars is marked by a small parking lot in front of a modest white house, where the recently remodeled tasting room looks out on Collins Vineyard. The winery is noted for the zinfandel that grows here -- 90% of Limerick Lane's production is zin -- full of the berry and spice flavors characteristic of the region.</p>
<p>Owner Michael Collins purchased the run-down property in 1978, and, at first, just sold what grapes he could to others. He decided to produce and bottle wine himself about a decade later, and by 1993 was producing the first estate wines at Limerick Lane. The winery also produces releases of syrah, pinot noir and a rose of grenache. A small amount of the Hungarian grape Furmint is also produced for a dry white and a late harvest dessert wine, though these are not always available.</p>