1972 - 2012 Celebrating 40 Years of Family
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard
is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by
David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for
a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the
Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek
Valley was little more than a few family farms and
prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a
Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced
consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County.
Winery Construction in 1972
Without a doubt, David
Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late
personified the character and work ethic of
early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several
years but quickly realized that his true
calling was in the wine industry. Inspired
by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave
headed west to California to start his own
Upon his arrival, Dave began taking
winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate
student. On the weekends, he spent time
looking at vineyard land from Monterey to
Mendocino. It was during one of those
weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry
Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune
orchard across the street from the Dry Creek
General Store, Dave realized
found his dream location. He purchased the
orchard and began planting vines. Captivated
by his memories of Loire-style wines,
Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure
prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard
portfolio. However, several famed vineyard
specialists advised him against planting
Sauvignon Blanc. Always defiant, Dave
planted the varietal anyway and the rest, as
they say, is history.
our second-generation family owned winery
continues to evolve and grow to meet the
demands of a global wine marketplace. The
primary mission of our winery is to produce
distinctive wines that over deliver on
quality. For more than 30 years, this
pursuit of winemaking excellence has lead to many
international awards and accolades. With a loyal
following of wine club members and customers, the
future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been
Dry Creek Vineyard Today
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Groundbreaking in 1972
Dave Stare and daughter, Kim
First winery built in the Dry Creek
Valley after prohibition,
revitalizing the region's wine
years, Dave Stare
performing Sugar Test
First in Dry Creek Valley to plant
Sauvignon Blanc (DCV3 Vineyard).
Introduced first Sonoma County
1977 Chenin Blanc
DCV begins exporting Chenin Blanc, Fumé
Blanc and Chardonnay to the United Kingdom.
new sailboat design
Introduced unique new label
design featuring sailboats,
symbolizing the family’s passion and
commitment to the sport.
Dry Creek Valley appellation
Initiated Dry Creek Valley’s
American Viticultural Area (AVA) status.
Dry Creek Valley
First to label a wine with the Dry Creek
"Old Vines Zinfandel"
First to coin the term “Old Vines”
1982 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Vineyard wins the
Sweepstakes Award at the California
State Fair for our 1982 Cabernet
released in 1987
First winery to use the
term “Meritage” on its label.
for Vintner's Select Club
Dry Creek Vineyard Vintner’s Select
wine club is founded, one of the
first wine clubs in the industry.
Sailing on San Francisco Bay
The second generation joins the winery, sharing the same passion for winemaking (and sailing) as patriarch, Dave Stare.
Initiated clonal selection trials from
old vine “Heritage” Zinfandel vineyard.
1991 Reserve Merlot
Winery wins prestigious Grand Prix d'Honneur, Challenge International Du Vin, Bordeaux, France,
for our 1991 Reserve Merlot.
1997 Heritage Clone Zinfandel
First to release Zinfandel from
“Heritage” vines, winning Double Gold at the
California Zinfandel Championships.
Liew & Don Wallace launch
the America's Cup Reserve Wines
Dry Creek Vineyard launches new
America’s Cup Reserve series at the 2000 America’s Cup in
Auckland, New Zealand.
Emmy Awards® Gift
featuring 1997 Reserve Cabernet
The Emmy Awards®
featured Dry Creek Vineyard's 1997
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in its
coveted gift baskets.
Theron with Kim Wallace
at the SAG Awards®
Dry Creek Vineyard's first year as the "official wine" of the
Brad Van Liew against
Dry Creek Vineyard Spinnaker
Dry Creek Vineyard sponsors Brad Van Liew in a
28,000 mile circumnavigation solo sailing race called “Around
of 1999 Heritage Clone Zinfandel
Famed wine critic, Robert Parker,
praises the 1999 Heritage Clone
Zinfandel, calling it “one of the
world’s greatest values under $20.”
Dry Creek Vineyard and US SAILING form
an alliance donating a portion of the proceeds of our
Regatta wines back to US SAILING.
Expressions de Chenin"
Award 2003 Dry Chenin Blanc
Dry Creek Vineyard is the only American
winery to win the “Grandes Expressions de Chenin” award at
the Loire Valley Wine Competition in France.
development for Dry Creek Valley Cabernet
Dry Creek Vineyard makes
significant investment in its
winemaking facility, barrel program,
35th Anniversary Logo
Marks the 35th anniversary of the
winery and the 20th anniversary of the
Vintner’s Select Club.
our Premier Meritage Wine
The Mariner sets sail. Dry
Creek Vineyard launches a new
proprietary blend, which is now one of our
most celebrated wines.
#1 Wine in Sonoma County
2007 Fumé Blanc
2007 Fumé Blanc receives the
Sweepstakes Award at the Harvest
Fair, making it the #1 White Wine in
Blog Launched in 2008
For its debut year the winery blog
nominated for and a finalist
in the American Wine Blog Awards.
New Sauvignon Blanc
from Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Vineyard launches a new
from distinctive Dry Creek Valley
Celebrating 10 years as the
Official Wine of SAG Awards