Hundreds of wineries surround the Healdsburg, California area including those within the Russian River and Alexander Valleys. Learn about wine basics, perfect pairings and more year-round at some of the world's finest wineries, all located within a 30-mile radius of each other. Visiting the different wine producers is a must while staying in Sonoma County. Visit www.wineroad.com for a complete list of Healdsburg area wineries.
Healdsburg Area Hotel
Perhaps there is no better place to stay than the BEST WESTERN Dry Creek Inn when planning to visit the famous wineries of the Healdsburg area in Sonoma County, California. Our hotel is located within a short driving distance to more than 150 wineries and other popular points of interest.
Each month we feature one of our great winery neighbors, find information about our Winery of the Month.
Healdsburg Area Wine History
Fine wine and food converge quite nicely in the scenic setting of Sonoma County, known for its gentle hills, vineyards and deluxe accommodations. Wine-making has been a strong tradition here for more than 130 years, thanks to the influx of immigrants including the Russian fur trappers who inspired the name for the Russian River Valley, and the French and Italians who brought with them their own wine production techniques that were then passed along through the different generations.
The location and temperate climate of the Russian River Valley create the environment to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while the Alexander Valley has the right conditions for Cabarnet and Merlot. However, oenophiles will be glad to know they can also enjoy abundant Barbera, Sangiovese, Reisling, among other varietals. Today visitors can taste wines alfresco thanks to many establishments featuring picnic area, patios, decks and gardens.
Healdsburg Area Wine Tours
Whether you want to start with Wine 101 or are a seasoned sommelier, there are several companies in Sonoma Country that will guide you to the different wine producers. Northern California has no shortage of wineries, with 13,000 acres of vineyards in Alexander Valley alone, coupled with those in Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. A wine outing could include tastings with an expert or a special dinner in a private cellar, among other fantastic experiences.