California Wine Country Facts and Numbers

California Wine Country

California Wine Country is the fourth largest producer of wine in the world, following France, Italy and Spain. More than 90 percent of all wine produced in the United States comes from California Wine Country and Central Valley.

Wherever you go in California from Mexico to Oregon and from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, you will find great vineyards and spectacular wineries.

The Wine Country is actually a region of Northern California in the United States known worldwide as a premium wine-growing region. Viticulture and winemaking have been practiced in California Wine Country since the mid-19th century. The region is defined in terms of not only viticulture and terroir, but also based on its particular ecology, geology, architecture, cuisine, and culture.

Wine lovers and California visitors may get confused by the term “California Wine Country” due to numerous wine growing regions in California from San Diego in Southern California to Mendocino in northern California . California Wine Country

Is the area or wine growing regions of California distinguished as “the Wine Country” referring to wine the growing regions in North California. Less than 55 miles upstate from San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa countries are the Wine Country heartland.

Including all four counties, the Wine Country occupies an area of over 7,000 square miles. It is home to several hundreds of wineries , lodging accommodations, fine dining restaurants, and a numerous of shops and marketplaces. California Wine Country growing wine regions are:

Sonoma North is the wine growing region centered around Healdsburg and includes Alexander Dry Creek and Russian River valleys.

Sonoma South includes the town of Sonoma where lies Sonoma Historic Town Plaza and Sonoma Valley ,also known as the Valley of the Moon, and Sonoma southern side of the Carneros district. Carneros district is famous for growing best chardonnays and Pinots thanks to its proximity to San Pablo Bay and the particularity of its terroir.

Western Sonoma includes the town of Bodega, Freestone, Valley Ford, Occidental, Jenner and Fort Ross.

Napa North covers the Upper section of Napa Valley including Calistoga, St Helena, Silverado trail wineries and Rutherford wine growing region.

Napa South covers the bottom half of the valley including the Oakville and Yountville areas, the town of Napa and Napa’s Carneros growing region.

Mendocino County and Lake County are each composed of four wine districts. In Mendocino County, the districts are Hopland and Redwood Valley along Highway 128, and Mendocino Coast along Highway 1 (California Coastal Highway).

In Lake County, the four growing regions are Guenoc Valley , Red Hills along Highway 29, High Valley along Highway 20, and Clear Lake wine growing region.

The Wine Country is served by two major highways. US Highway 101 runs north-south, connecting San -Francisco with Sonoma and Mendocino counties. US Highway 101 connects to highway 37 and Highway 121 running through southern and northern Sonoma Valley . Interstate 80 runs northeast-southwest between San Francisco and Sacramento, connecting to California highway 12 running into southern Napa and Sonoma counties. Important branches off I-80 are I-880, run along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay and I-580 connecting Oakland with San Rafael on the western side of the Bay.

Visitors come to the wine region not only for wine-tasting, but also for hiking, bicycling, hot air ballooning, and to visit historic sites parks , as well as the extensive culinary choices. Numerous notable chefs and restaurateurs are present in the Wine Country. Besides the obvious winery attractions. the Wine Country is also known for its hot springs baths, petrified forests and other natural areas

Other wine country growing regions are:


Join our Wine Country Private Tours to visit North Sonoma Wine Country. You will tour great wineries and boutique wines along the Russian River that twists and turns its way throughout the Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Capture the Russian Valley gentle hillsides that fan out on both sides of the Russian river surrounded by giant redwoods. The Russian Valley banks are strewn with sandy beaches where local enjoy their sunny days. The Russian Valley river goes through three major wine valleys ; Alexander Valley , Dry Creek Wine growing Valley and Russian River Valley.


Healdsburg is located in the northern part of Sonoma Country. Healdsburg is surrounded by Alexander Valley in the northeast, Dry Creek Valley to the northwest and Chalk Hill and Knights’ Valley in the southeast.

The beauty of Healdsburg is incomparable – centered in the Northern California wine country, visitors often compare the area to Tuscany. Healdsburg Town Plaza offers great boutique wineries, restaurants, charming shopping stores and boutiques, art galleries, antiques stores and live music in some tasting rooms. Take a walking tour to Healdsburg historic homes, get a soothing massage at one of their spas, or linger in Healdsburg’s museums and wine libraries.

The Russian River runs by Healdsburg where visitors can enjoy sandy beaches, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, all the way to the Pacific Coast. Ride or drive the Coast to enjoy sightseeing, walking on beaches, whale watching, bird watching, or rock climbing!

Dry Creek Valley

Mendocino County is located border about 15 miles northwest of Healdsburg where the Warm Springs Dam holds back the waters of Dry Creek forming the long and serpentine Lake Sonoma. From the dam, you get a bird’s eye view of the valley that profiles in the horizon. The dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers back in the 1980s primarily to form a state recreation area. It also protects the fertile wine valley from flooding. The combination of well-drained soils, morning fog, and temperature variations from the valley floor up to the steep hillsides has proved beneficial to certain varieties of red and white wine grapes. Today, Dry Creek Valley is one of the premium wine producing areas of California Wine county.

Two parallel roadways Dry Creek and West Dry Creek roads- run north and south along the edges of Dry Creek valley. Two smaller roads- Lambert Bridge and Yoakim Bridge-run east and west across the valley connecting the larger north-south thoroughfares. Together, these four roads provide access to several dozen of great wineries in Dry Creek Valley wine country.

Since the resurgence of wine grape production in the 1970s, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel have become the most planted varieties, and Dry Creek wine Valley ,AVA has become one of the state’s top Zinfandel producers. Sauvignon Blanc has become the most important white grape varietals produced in Dry Creek wine Valley.

Russian River Valley

The Russian River Valley Wine Country is a river located in the Northern California counties of Mendocino and Sonoma.

The Russian River springs from the Laughlin Range about 5 miles in Mendocino County and flows southward to Redwood Valley and northern Sonoma Country to empty into the Pacific Ocean between Jenner and Goat Rock Beach. (60 mi north of the San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate)

The Russian River Valley wine country is characterized by its cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Great wineries are found along the Westside Road before it meets Wohler Road intersection. There you need to decide whether you want to continue into the southern part of Russian River Valley or head back north toward Windsor and Healdsburg. If you choose to go north, you can cross over the Russian River on Wohler, bear left on Eastside Road and follow it as it skirts Windsor and eventually merges into Old Redwood Highway running between Windsor to the south and Healdsburg farther north.

If you decide to continue into the southern Russian River Valley at Wohler Road, you can either stay on Westside Road toward Guerneville or make the turn onto Wohler and continue past Eastside Road to River Road.

The Russian River Valley is not only about wine and grapes ,it is a chalk full of things to do like stemming from the river to the charming towns to exquisite gardens nearby. Canoeing through the redwoods, picnicking, swimming, camping, observe the abundant wildlife, cycling through picturesque vineyards and explore the majestic redwoods forests while visiting the world renowned wineries in Russian River Wine Country.

Alexander Valley

From Healdsburg you have two options for touring the Alexander Valley. You can go north on Highway 101 about eight miles to Geyserville and turn right on state Highway 128. Or you can head north on Healdsburg Avenue, taking right on Alexander Valley Road just outside of town. Alexander Valley road merges into Highway 128 at a three-way stop near Jimtown. From this intersection, if you continue east (straight) on Highway 12, you’ll pass several wineries before traveling through Knight’s Valley and then winding through a series of hills to end up in Calistoga, the northernmost reach of the Napa Valley. If you turn left (north) onto Highway 128, to traverse the valley towards Geyserville, you will be driving on one of the most picturesque roads in Sonoma County.

Alexander Valley is the warmest area in the Valley and it is known for its cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The intense midday summer heat is counterbalanced by nighttime fog which is held in by the tapered ends of the Valley. Loamy-gravelly soil types encourage high yields and vigorous vine growth.

The Alexander Valley AVA sits at the top of Sonoma County with about 15,000 acres of much prized vineyards. Within the 76,000 total acres of this AVA, there are a variety of microclimates supporting a substantial range of grape varieties. While Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme on the gravelly terrain of the valley floor, the Alexander Valley AVA also produces notable Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Even some cooler-climate varieties, like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, have found a niche here.

Southern Russian River Valley

Just west of Santa Rosa is the southern reach of the Russian River Valley. Visitors typically approach it along one of two main routes: by following River Road west from Santa Rosa; or by following Westside or Eastside roads south from the northern part of the valley to Wohler Road, then turning off Wohler onto River Road.

Along the route from the northern Russian River Valley it is also possible to follow Westside Road beyond Wohler to visit a couple of major wineries farther south on Westside. From Eastside Road you can reach this southern stretch of Westside Road by turning right on Wohler, going let across the old bridge spanning the river, and then going left again on Westside. Be especially careful on this southern stretch of Westside; it is narrow and winding and, while scenic and serviceable, it is not a particularly good road. If you follow Westside all the way to its end, you will find yourself at River Road about three miles west of Wohler.

The Russian River Valley is a popular weekend destinations or many San Franciscans who love its cooler climate and outdoor pursuits along the river. It also produces nearly a third of all grapes grown in Sonoma country with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the dominant varietals.

The character of the Russian River Valley is a bit different north to south. The northern reach has much more of a Dry Creek Valley feel. Up north the wineries are generally larger, newer, and perhaps a little flashier than in the south, which has a more rustic feel.

The southern Russian River Valley is a large area with irregular shape that is somewhat wider than it is tall. It is bounded on the north by River Road, which becomes Old River Road near Guerneville; and on the south by state Highway 12, which becomes Sebastopol Road and then the Bodega Highway as it runs east to west. On the west, the Bohemian Highway shapes the area, running from near Guerneville southeast to Freestone. Highway 101 forms the eastern boundary.

State Highway 116 runs diagonally through the southern valley, from Guerneville in the northwest to Sebastopol in the southeast. Other important roads are Mirabel road, which connects River road and Highway 116; Guerneville Road connecting Highway 101 and Highway 116; and Olivet Road connecting River Road and Guerneville Road. All along this skeleton of roadways and many smaller roads branching from it are a myriad of wineries where you can taste Pinor Noir, Zinfandel, and other wines produced in the Russian River Valley appellation.

The major towns you will want to consider visiting in the southern Russian River Valley are Sebastopol, Graton, Guerneville and Occidental. Forestville is also important because it is home to some good wineries and is located at the junction of Mirabel Road and Highway 116.

In Sebastopol, you can enjoy an easy stroll along Main Street to take in antique, art, and book shops among other homegrown stores and restaurants that somehow are only found in small towns. You will find the Sebastopol natives to be friendly and welcoming if a bit quirky. Nonconformity is the norm among many locals in the unabashedly authentic and American small town.

The hamlet of Graton is essentially a wide spot in Graton Road just west of Highway 116 near its intersection with Guerneville Road and about four miles northwest of Sebastopol. Take a few minutes to walk to downtown area, occupying just a couple of blocks along Graton Road. You’ll find surprising touches of sophistication including good restaurants and interesting shops.

If you’ve stopped in Graton, you might as well continue on along Graton Road about six miles to the southwest to Occidental. Yet another micro-town. Occidental seems impossibly cute, but is remarkable authentic. Here again you will find good restaurants and many interesting shops to browse. From Occidental, you can head north along the Bohemian Highway to Guerneville or go south to Freestone where you can pick up the Sebastopol Highway (highway 12) back toward Sebastopol. Or you can just go back to highway 116 the way you came.

Guerneville is about 12 miles to the northwest of Graton along Highway 116 and about 15 miles to the north of Occidental along the Bohemian Highway route. During the warmer months which can be seven or eight months in the Wine Country, it is the focal point of much activity for visitors to the many rustic resorts along the Russian River.


Adrian Fog Winery

2064 Gravenstein North, Sebastopol

Phone: (707) 431-1174


Alderbrook Winery

2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-9154


Alexander Valley Cellars

217 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-1014


Alexander Valley Vineyards

8644 Hwy 128, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-7209


Amphora Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Bldg. 6, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-7767


Arista Winery

7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 473-0606


Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio

439 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-1920


Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves

9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 473-9171


Benovia Winery

3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa

Phone: (707) 526-4441


Benovia Winery

3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa

Phone: (707) 526-4441


C. Donatiello Winery

4035 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-4442


Camellia Cellars Tasting Room

57 Front Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-1290


Chateau Diana

P.O. Box 1013, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-6992


Chateau Felice

10603 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 836-9011


Christie Estate Winery & Vineyards

851 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-0662


Christopher Creek Winery

641 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-2001


Clos du Bois

19410 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville

Phone: (707) 857-3100


Copain Wines

7800 Eastside Road

Phone: (707) 836-8822


De La Montanya Vineyards & Winery

Westside at Felta Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-3711


Domaine St. George Winery

1141 Grant Avenue, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-5508


Domenichelli Wines

91 South Jefferson Street, Cloverdale

Phone: (707) 894-8577


Downtown Wine

132 Plaza Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 473-0337


Dutcher Crossing Winery

8533 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-2700


Dry Creek Vineyard

3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-1000


Everett Ridge Winery

435 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-1637


Family Wineries Tasting Room

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-0100


Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery

8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-6700


Field Stone Winery

10075 Hwy 128, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-7266


Foppiano Winery

12707 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-7272


Francis Ford Coppola Presents Rosso & Bianco

300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville

Phone: (707) 857-1400


Gallo of Sonoma Tasting Room

320 Center Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-2458


Gary Farrell Wines

10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 473-2900


Grove Street Wine Brokers

1433 Grove Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-4252


Hanna Winery

9280 Hwy 128, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-4310


Hartford Family Winery

8075 Martinelli Road, Forestville

Phone: (707) 887-8013


Hop Kiln Winery

6050 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-6491


Huntington Wine Cellars & Art Gallery

53 Front Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-5215


Jordan Winery

1474 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-5250


Kendall-Jackson Tasting Room

337 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-7102


La Bella Vita

7135 Eastside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 838-4230


La Crema Tasting Room

235 Healdsburg Avenue

Phone: (707) 431-9400


Lake Sonoma Winery

340 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 473-2999


Lambert Bridge Winery

4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-9600


Lancaster Estate

15001 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-8178


Limerick Lane Cellars

1023 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-9211


Longboard Vineyards

5 Fitch Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-3473


MacPhail Family Wines

851 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-4780


Mauritson Winery

2859 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-0804


Mazzocco Vineyards

1400 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-8159


Medlock Ames Winery

13414 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-8845


Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-7427


Mill Creek Vineyards

1401 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-2121


Murphy-Goode Estate Winery

20 Matheson Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-7644


Papapietro Perry Winery

4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-0422


Passalacqua Winery

3805 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (877) 825-5547


Pedroncelli Winery

1220 Canyon Road, Geyserville

Phone: (707) 857-3531


Pezzi King Vineyards

241 Center Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-9388


Preston of Dry Creek

9282 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-3372


Puma Springs Vineyards

1421 Chiquita Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-9173


Quivira Vineyards

4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-8333


Raymond Burr Vineyards

8339 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-4365


Ridge Vineyards-Lytton Springs

650 Lytton Springs Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-7721


Robert Young Estate Winery

4960 Red Winery Road, Geyserville

Phone: (707) 431-4811


J. Rochioli Vineyards & Winery

6192 Westside Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-2305

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Rodney Strong Vineyards

11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-1533


Roshambo Winery

PO Box 608, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-2051


Sapphire Hill Vineyards & Winery

51 Front Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-1888


Sausal Winery

7370 Hwy 128, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-2285


Sbragia Family Vineyards

9990 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 473-2992


Seghesio Family Vineyards

14730 Grove Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-3579


Selby Winery

215 Center Street, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-1288


Simi Winery

16275 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-6981



7111 Highway 128, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-9463


Stuhlmuller Vineyards & Winery

4951 W. Soda Rock Lane, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 431-7745


Trentadue Winery

19170 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville

Phone: (707) 433-1082


Truett Hurst Winery

5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-9545


White Oak Vineyards & Winery

7505 Hwy 128, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-8429


Wilson Winery

1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg

Phone: (707) 433-4355



A Divine Affair

330 Healdsburg Avenue

Tel. (707) 433-1035


198 Dry Creek Rd

Tel. (707) 433-6422


428 Center Street

Tel. (707) 431 -0530


231 Center Street

Tel. (707) 431-0100

Brewing Company

345 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-2337

Bistro Ralph

109 Plaza St

Tel. (707) 433-1380


106 Matheson St

Tel. (707) 431-2962

Cena Luna

241 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-6000

CK House Chinese Restaurant

1525 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-4122

Costeaux French Bakery & Cafe

417 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-1913

Cyrus Restaurant

29 North St

Tel. (707) 433-3311

Divine Pizza

20 Dry Creek Road

Tel. (707) 433-3660

Dry Creek Kitchen

317 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 431-0330

El Farolito

128 Plaza St

Tel. (707) 433-2807

El Taco Grande

425 Center St

Tel. (707) 431-1464

Fitch Mountain Eddie’s

1301 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-7414

Giorgio’s Restaurant

25 Grant Ave

Tel. (707) 433-1106

Happy Time Chinese Restaurant

1047 Vine St

Tel. (707) 433-2837

Healds Burger

48 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 431-1381

Healdsburg Charcuterie

335 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 431-7213

Jackie’s Sports Bar

9 Mitchell Ln

Tel. (707) 433-6362

Jimtown Store

6706 Highway 128

Tel. (707) 433-1212

Madrona Manor

1001 Westside Rd

Tel. (707) 433-4231


336 Healdsburg Ave (707)

Tel. 433-8111

Palette Art Cafe

235 Healdsburg Ave, Courtyard

Tel. (707) 433-2788

Quail Run

3250 Highway 128

Tel. (707) 857-2777


420 Center St

Tel. 707-431-1302

Reds, Whites and Brews

177 Dry Creek Rd

Tel. (707) 433-5529

Round Table Pizza

Healdsburg 1351 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-8877

Sake ‘O

505 Healdsburg Ave.

Tel. (707) 433-2669

Santi Restaurant

21047 Geyserville Avenue

Tel. 707-857-1790


109 Plaza St # A

Tel. (707) 433-5282

Singletree Inn

165 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-8263

Taqueria El Sombrero

245 Center St

Tel. (707) 433-3818

Taqueria Guatalajara

125 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-1052

Taqueria Santa Rosa

1063 Vine St

Tel. (707) 433-9205

Thai Orchid

1005 Vine Street

Tel. (707) 433-0515

Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar

403 Healdsburg Ave

Tel. (707) 433-9191

Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar

344 Center St

Tel. (707) 473-0946

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