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Alexander Valley is capable of growing a wide range of grape varieties but in recent years, the area has been noted for the quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The alluvial soils of the region tend to impart a rich, chocolate note to the Cabernet. Other Alexander Valley varietals that have been gaining recognition include Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, and Sangiovese. The Chardonnay from this region is characterized by its rich, tropical fruits. Some experts, such as Jancis Robinson, have speculated that Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc may eventually prove themselves to be best suited to the climate and soils of the Alexander Valley.
Russian River Valley
According to the trade group Russian River Valley Winegrowers, 42 percent of the grapes harvested in the region are chardonnay, while 29 percent are Pinot Noir. While the region is predominately associated with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir hillside vineyard locations have shown success with other varieties such as Syrah and Zinfandel.
Dry Creek Valley
At the turn of the 20th century, Dry Creek Valley was one of California’s most prominent producers of Zinfandel. During Prohibition, much of the valley was converted to plum, pear and prune trees, and much of the fruit was processed by Sunsweet Growers in Healdsburg. Since the resurgence of wine grape production in the 1970s, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel have become the most planted varietals, and Dry Creek Valley AVA has become one of the state’s top Zinfandel producers. Sauvignon Blanc has become the most important white grape varietal produced in the valley.
The charming town of Healdsburg is a true wine enthusiast’s dream. Over 30 wineries represent more than seven appellations and showcase upwards of 20 wine varieties ALL within walking distance! This diverse showcase of award-winning wines makes downtown Healdsburg the premier Wine Country destination. Be green, park your car and walk the streets of downtown Healdsburg. Your experience will take you from a small production Pinot Noir house to a large production winery that is a household name, and everything in between.