Combining a Passion for Winemaking with a Passion for Sailing
Since the mid
1980s, when we first put a sailboat on our
wine labels, Dry Creek Vineyard
wines have become known as the wine for sailors.
The origins of our nautical
themed labels are purely personal. We have enjoyed a long love affair with the sport of
sailing and have a profound appreciation of America’s nautical
Winemaking and sailing
actually have a lot in common. Like winemaking, sailing is
fun, adventuresome and romantic. Like sailing, the art of
winemaking demands the skill, discipline and determination
of a group of people committed to the same goal. Sailing
and winemaking are a study in choreography and teamwork –
each person contributing something essential to the ultimate
success or failure of the team.
two passions, we were inspired to use the sailing
ship theme on our wine labels . In 1982 when the original
idea was unveiled, it was seen as a rather daring and risky
move. More than 20 years later, the sailing ships that
adorn our wine bottles are easily identifiable and
recognized by consumers around the world. Since the
beginning, Sonoma County artist Michael Surles has provided
the beautiful paintings for our labels. Using a variety of
mediums from water color to richly oiled hues, Surles
captures the spirit of the high seas.
Vineyard’s commitment to the sport of
sailing extends far beyond our wine labels.
Not only was Dry Creek Vineyard the first sponsor of
Brad Van Liew’s Around Alone campaign but
the winery is also the official sponsor of
several major sailing regattas around the
country. In support of the entire sailing
community, Dry Creek Vineyard has also
partnered with US SAILING,
the national governing
body of the sport.