Dry Creek Valley AVA | Organic Overview

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AVA Essentials

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• Located in a 13 mile long, inland, north-south valley, the Dry Creek Valley AVA is known for its warm. sunny climate


• Settled by Italian immigrants, its heritage farming traditions—growing diverse crops along with wine grapes—have been revived by some organic growers who now offer farm to table experiences with locally grown organic food paired with their estate wines


• The region is famous for precious old vine Petite Sirah and Zinfandel; Ridge Vineyards offers many fine examples


• Rhone varietals—Grenache and Syrah, for example—are another regional specialty 


• Several wineries here—including Martorana, Quivira, and Truett Hurst—have worked along Dry Creek to restore salmon habitat


• Estate wineries with organic vines: 7


• Organic vineyard acres: 428

Organic Vines: Acres

Organic Vines: Varieties

Tasting Rooms & Events

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WINERIES


• Ridge Vineyards: 206 in Dry Creek Valley  (plus 20.5 in transition); it has an additional 51 acres in the Alexander Valley AVA

• Quivira Vineyards: 73

• Preston Farm & Winery: 70

• Martorana Family Winery: 35

• Truett Hurst: 15

• DaVero Farms & Winery: 14

• Hawley Winery: 9


GROWERS


• Puma Springs: 17

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

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• Barbera

• Bordeaux Blend

• Cabernet Sauvignon

• Chardonnay

• Cinsault

• Fiano

• Greco

• Grenache

• Grenache Blanc

• Malvasia Bianco

• Marsanne

• Merlot

• Moscato

• Petite Sirah

• Red Rhone Blend

• Rosé

• Sagrantino

• Sangiovese

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Sparkling Viognier

• Syrah

• Viognier

• White Rhone Blend

• Zinfandel

Organic Vines: Cases

Organic Vines: Varieties

Organic Vines: Varieties

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• Ridge Vineyards: 10,000+ (estimate)

• Preston Farm & Winery: 8,000

• Quivira Vineyards: 7,000 

• DaVero Farms & Winery: 3,000

• Martorana Family Winery: 1,600 

• Truett Hurst: 1,500 

• Hawley Winery: 1,500

Preston Farm & Winery | Dry Creek Valley AVA | Healdsburg

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes solely from its 70 acres of estate vines on its 120 acre Dry Creek Valley farm in Healdsburg


• The winery (in a big old fashioned barn) and farmhouse tasting room are surrounded by the vineyards and farm with acres of produce and grains


Best known for


• A longtime community favorite and down home Eden, Preston is a poster child for the farm to table and grape to glass movements, growing both food crops and wine grapes


• Makes 16 certified wines ($22-$36) with a focus on both the climate appropriate Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault) and Dry Creek traditions (Carignane, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel) with the occasional Italian wine grape thrown in for good measure (Barbera)


• Proprietors Lou and Susan Preston bought the property in the 1970s when it was an old prune orchard and converted it to a bustling 25,000 case a year winery


• In the 2000's, the couple transitioned out of monoculture into a vibrant polyculture, downsizing wine production to 7,000 cases a year and increasing food crops, growing more than 200 species including persimmons, kale, walnuts, olives, grains and other fruits and vegetables sold to local restaurants


• They also have 1,500 olive trees and produce olive oil from their own mill on site


• Crops include 25 varieties of heirloom apples, peach trees, pears, figs, plums, pomegranates, quince and more


• Proprietor Lou Preston, whose hobby is making bread, now bakes it from his own grain, offering it for sale in the tasting room along with Preston's olive oil


• Sheep, pigs and chicken also roam the land, fertilizing the vineyards as they graze


• The winery is one of just three wineries in Sonoma County that's certified organic and bottle labels all of its wines "Made with Organic Grapes"


• The winemaker, Dan Ditzler, uses only native yeasts


• As a nod to local traditions, Preston offers an old fashioned jug wine (sold only on Sundays, $32) it calls Guadagni, in honor of its old Italian neighbor, Jim Guadagni, who was an unofficial mayor of sorts of Dry Creek Valley; the blend of Zinfandel, Cinsault, Carignane and Mourvèdre is much better than the old jug wines ever were


• A convivial and community oriented winery, visitors enjoy picnicking on picnic tables on the grassy lawn and playing bocce ball during the week


• Preston is more than a winery and a farm, combining its philosophy of a whole farm with a commitment, as Lou Preston puts it, to "food, environmentalism and community activism"


Organic and Biodynamic case production


8,000 (out of 8,000 total)


Certified


Vineyards and winery, organic, 2002-present, CCOF; biodynamic, 2015-2019, Demeter USA

Wines

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CERTIFIED WINES


Certified Organic Grapes

Certified Wines: "Made with Organic Grapes"

Vintages through 2015-2018: "Made with Biodynamic Grapes"


• Barbera

• Cinsault

• Grenache Blanc

• Petite Sirah

• Red Rhone Blend

• Rosé

• Syrah

• White Rhone Blend

• Zinfandel (2)


WINE NOTES


Crisp and vibrant, the 2018 Vin Gris (600 cases, $28) has lively acidity, overlain with watermelon, wild strawberries and grapefruit.  


The Slow Wine 2016 Carignane (293 cases, $40) from 100 year old blocks focuses on red fruits, berries and cherries. 


The lively 2016 Zinfandel (1,129 cases, $38), blended with Mourvedre and Carignane, delivers red fruits.

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$15 

Flight of wines (walk in)


$25 

Seated tasting (by appointment)


$30

Farm tour and tasting (by appointment)


Preston Farm & Winery

9282 W Dry Creek Rd.

Healdsburg, CA 95448


707.433.3372


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Preston | Kalogiros | Dry Creek Valley AVA | Healdsburg

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources grapes from the organic vineyards of Preston Farm & Winery in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley


• The wines are made on the vineyard site in Healdsburg


• The tasting room is in an old farmhouse on the vineyard and winery site at Preston


Best known for


• Tiny, artisanal brand created by artists Maggie Preston and Jason Kalogiros who make small lots of mostly Rhone varieties and blends 


• Makes 7+ wines from certified vines ($28-44)


• Maggie's father Lou Preston is the founder and owner of Preston Farm & Winery; Maggie and Jason make their own wine under the Preston Kalogiros label


• The two explore natural winemaking techniques (while still using small amounts of sulfites) and produce wines aged in amphora and other vessels, they also have made a sparkling pet nat and skin contact wines


• Each wine is accompanied by a brief literary excerpt written by a variety of artists


• Wine production ranges from 11 to 50 cases per individual wine release making these one of a kind wines


Organic and biodynamic vineyard case production


150 (out of 150 total)


Certified


Vineyards and winery, organic, 2002-present, CCOF; biodynamic, 2015-2018, Demeter USA

Wines

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ESTATE WINES


Certified Organic Grapes


• Grenache Blanc

• Grenache Noir

• Marsanne

• Petite Sirah

• Red Rhone Blend- Cinsault|Mourvedre

• Sauvignon Blanc

• Viognier

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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Preston | Kalogiros wines may be tasted and purchased at Preston Farm & Winery.


Preston | Kalogiros

Preston Farm & Winery

9282 W Dry Creek Rd.

Healdsburg, CA 95448


707.433.3372


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Quivira Vineyards | Dry Creek Valley AVA | Healdsburg

Winery Overview

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Location


• Sources some of its estate wines solely from its 73 acres of organic vineyards on two sites in Sonoma's hot, sunny Dry Creek Valley; additional wines come from non-organic sources


• The winery and tasting room are also in Dry Creek Valley (outside the town of Healdsburg)


Best known for


• Artisanal producer in Dry Creek Valley making noted Rhone wines, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé


• Makes six wines from certified vines ($22-50, 90-94 pts.); until 2018, the winery bottle labeled them "Made with Organic Grapes"


• It's famous for its Sauvignon Blanc from its Fig Tree estate vineyard; the wine critic Robert Parker calls it, "a dead ringer for a Loire Valley Fumé Blanc....dry, crisp, delicious..."


• The winery was started by Henry and Holly Wendt in 1981 who famously saved a Fig Tree in the middle of their Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, naming the vineyard after the tree


• The Wendt's also restored fish habitat on Wine Creek 


• Fintech entrepreneur Pete Kight (founder of CheckFree) and his wife Terri Kight bought the estate in 2008 and have continued its eco-friendly practices


• Ned Horton oversees the vines; Hugh Chappelle makes the wines


• The organic farm is home to cows, pigs, chickens, bees, olive trees and vegetable gardens (featuring plants from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste list of endangered varieties); farm products are for sale in the tasting room and are also served at its monthly farm-to-table dinners in the summer


• Its wines regularly rake in 90+ pt. scores from top critics


Organic case production


7,000 (out of a total of 15,000)


Certified


Vineyards, organic, 2004-present, CCOF

Winery, organic, 2004-2017, CCOF

Wines

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Estate Wines


Certified Organic Grapes

Certified Wines, Vintages through 2017: "Made with Organic Grapes"

Bottle Labeled, Vintages through 2017: "Made with Organic Grapes"


 Grenache (2017)

• Sauvignon Blanc-Fig Tree (2017)

• Sauvignon Blanc-Q (2017)

• Zinfandel-Anderson Ranch (2017)

• Zinfandel-Black Boar (2017)


Certified Organic Grapes


 Rosé (2018)


Note: As of the 2018 vintage, the winery no longer makes certified "Made with Organic Grapes" wines, though it continues to make estate wines from certified organic vines. 


It could label the newer vintages "Ingredients: organic grapes," but has chosen not to do so.

Visiting | What to Expect | Contact

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$20

Tasting (walk in)


$30

Estate tasting (by appt.)


$50

Estate tour and tasting (by appt.)


Quivira Vineyards & Winery

4900 W Dry Creek Rd.

Healdsburg, CA 95448


707.431.8333


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