Dry Creek Valley
This narrow, sun-drenched valley extends north-west from Healdsburg, roughly parallel to Highway 101, but just over one range of hills to the west of the road. The valley follows Dry Creek as it emerges from Lake Sonoma, the largest recreational lake in Sonoma County. The valley floor is dotted with small vineyards and wineries that include Ferrari-Carano Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, Lake Sonoma Winery, Lambert Bridge Winery, and many others (also here). The most famed varietal from this appellation is Zinfandel, but a wide spectrum of varietals are harvested and made into award winning wines.
The hills defining the valley are a mix of different forest types. In some areas, valley oaks dominate the habitat. In other spots, redwoods are the primary tree species that cover the hilllsides and keep them green. Small roads wind into the hills and provide access to the ridges and the residences that are typically on from five to hundreds of acres. Views of the valley are treasured and add significantly to the value of the land. Forested valleys without views are more affordable and provide privacy to those who prefer a quiet retreat.
Dry Creek Valley Appellation extends eastsward as far as Chiquita Road which runs from Healdsburg to Lytton Springs Road. On the south, the appellation extends about a mile down Westside Road towards Forestville, Guerneville, and the lower Russian River recreational area.