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Oct 12,


Harvest Update

Here at Dry Creek Vineyard, our 45th harvest just wrapped up and it is showing all the signs of a great vintage. It’s hard to believe that in just five short years, we’ll be celebrating our 50th! With each passing year, we find ourselves one of the few remaining family-owned wineries driven to create appellation focused, varietal defining wines that rival the best in California.

The 2016 harvest has been a pleasant surprise after the short crop of 2015 and the drought conditions during the previous years. We just brought in our last lot of fruit, and the quality of this vintage has been incredible. The aromas of Sauvignon Blanc are coming on strong, Zinfandel is showing some beautiful, pure berry flavors and the Cabernet Sauvignon of this vintage is sure to be a standout!

For more harvest news and behind-the-scenes action, make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are posting videos, giving vineyard updates and telling stories about the people that make Dry Creek Vineyard the ‘real deal’.

We love to see what you are up to as well! Tag us in your photos or use our hashtags: #drycreekvineyard or #teamdrycreek to share your favorite moments with Dry Creek Vineyard wines.


Oct 11,


New Bordeaux Lovers Club

Our Bordeaux Lovers Club is a new option for those who love the five noble Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the Meritage blends that they produce. These extremely limited production selections are sourced from specific vineyard sites in Dry Creek Valley that highlight the unique soils, microclimate and terroir of our home appellation.

We were inspired to create this club by our 45 years of working with Bordeaux varietals planted in the different districts and vineyards within Dry Creek Valley. Our over four decades of experience have given us the knowledge of which properties can provide the best fruit that our region can offer. Since our founding in 1972, we have advocated for the artful blending of Bordeaux varietals, which is the ultimate expression of a winemaker’s vision to achieve balance, finesse and character in truly exceptional wines.

Each year you will receive two shipments of intensely flavored and impeccably balanced Bordeaux single varietals, in addition to exclusive Meritage blends created to highlight specific districts within the Dry Creek Valley. Club membership is limited to the first 400 members, so reserve your spot now for the inaugural shipment in April 2017.

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Oct 04,


2016 Harvest Interns

Dry Creek Vineyard has a long history of mentoring harvest interns, and the 2016 vintage is no exception. This year we have three spirited young men from South Africa helping with the monumental effort of crushing grapes, conducting pumpovers, shoveling out tanks, and any other task to assist the winemaking team.

Izak “Sakkie” Mouton is back in the Dry Creek Vineyard cellar for the second year, and we are glad to have him! He grew up on his family’s vineyard in Vredendal, South Africa, a small farming community in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. Sakkie studied Viticulture and Pomology at Elsenburg Agricultural College, Stellenbosch and has a love of music and art as well.

Petrie Mulder attended Elsenburg Agricultural College as well, studying Cellar Technology (Viticulture and Enology) as well as Cellar Management. When he is not in the cellar, Petrie loves playing sports, especially golf, cricket, hockey and rugby.

Emil Kluge received his diploma in Viticulture and Enology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Wellington, and a degree in Agriculture Cellar Technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College. Emil found his passion for winemaking at an early age, along with a love of the outdoors and especially the ocean.

We thank them for all of their hard work and commitment to producing incredible Dry Creek Vineyard wines!


Sep 01,


2016 Harvest Has Begun

Our 45th harvest began with the arrival of 25 tons of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our Certified Sustainable DCV3 and DCV6 vineyards around the corner and across the street from Dry Creek Vineyard. DCV3 Sauvignon Blanc always has a special meaning for me at this time of year, as I think about how that particular vineyard was the first Sauvignon Blanc planted in all of Dry Creek Valley. Much of the world has changed in these past four decades, but our unwavering commitment to our flagship varietal and home appellation remains strong. We prefer to pick some lots of Sauvignon Blanc at a lower ripeness each year, and this year is no exception coming in around 20˚Brix with flavors of citrus and lemongrass and aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut grass.

Here is what Winemaker Tim Bell has to say about this harvest:

“After a few years of serious drought conditions, we were relieved to experience some rainfall during the winter and early spring. Early talk this season has been of lower yields than average and bunch counts pointed to a more abundant harvest than 2015, but still on the low side. Less than ideal weather at set and the resulting looser clusters confirmed those thoughts. But over the past week, berries have filled in and in some cases, once-loose clusters have become tight and full. So will the 2016 harvest be down in tonnage as much as we thought? We’ll have a better idea once fruit starts hitting the scale.”

This week is particularly meaningful for all of us, since it marks the beginning of our 45th harvest! Of course, we are proud of Dry Creek Vineyard’s long and pioneering history, but the future has never looked brighter for our family winery. Our wines are consistently receiving 90+ Point scores from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – including a 93-point rating for our 2013 Endeavour Cabernet from Robert Parker. Our tasting room was also recently named in the Top 10 of USA Today’s 10Best Tasting Room poll and is consistently ranked the #1 “Thing to Do” in Healdsburg by Trip Advisor. None of this would be possible without each and every member of our team, from the vineyard crew to the tasting room, with a little help from Mother Nature of course.

We will continue to post more harvest news and winery updates on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. We hope that you will join us and raise a glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine to toast an incredible 2016 vintage.


Aug 02,


The “Official Wine For Sailors” was the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in New York and Chicago

As passionate sailors ourselves, we couldn’t be more proud to be selected as the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York and Chicago in May and June.

The America’s Cup is a series of dynamic yachting regattas that challenges the best sailors in the world in both match and fleet racing skills. Considered the oldest trophy in international sport, the regatta represents the pinnacle of world-class yacht racing.  During the preliminary competitions, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, our wines were exclusively poured in the event’s hospitality areas and spectator boats. The regatta, held on May 7 & 8 in New York and Chicago on June 11 & 12, helped to determine the two leading teams that will go on to compete head to head for the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017.

Our affiliation with the America’s Cup has flourished over the past 16 years, from our launch of the America’s Cup Reserve series at the 30th America’s Club in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, to becoming the Official Wine Supplier of Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

But of course, our support of sailing is not new. It all started in 1977 when our founder David Stare sponsored the first sailing team at Sonoma State University.  By 1982, we began using sailboats on our wine labels.  We chose the David S. Stare Reserve Fumé Blanc for our very first sailboat label.  At that time, it was seen as a rather daring and risky move, but over time we rolled it out across all of our labels and it has become a trademark of our winery identity.

Over the past three decades, we have sponsored numerous regattas, teams and yacht clubs.  We continue to keep the sport of sailing front and center on our label designs and branding across our portfolio of wines.