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The Alexander Valley Trail in Sonoma County

alexander valley in sonoma

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The Alexander Valley Appellation is in Sonoma County; it can be found just north of Healdsburg. This is the largest wine region in the Sonoma Valley. This AVA (American Viticultural Area) is known for growing a variety of grapes, but it is most noted for its Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons, as the soils here give the wines a very rich note. The views, and the vineyards, in this area are phenomenal, so plan your next trip to the Alexander Valley soon. When you visit, make sure to include these wineries as they all welcome visitors, and they all offer tastings.

Can’t Miss Alexander Valley Wineries

  • Geyser Peak Winery is one of California’s oldest wineries. It was founded in 1880, by one of Sonoma’s pioneer winemakers. The winery is on a hillside, across from Geyser Peak Mountain, hence the name. The winery can today claim its place as one of the most awarded wineries in Sonoma County.  At Geyser Peak you’ll taste Sauvignon Blanc among other wines, as you relax on the patio and enjoy the view. Their winery is open daily, for both tours and tastes.
  • Stryker Sonoma has a spectacular tasting room; it’s spacious and offers some breathtaking views of the valley. Purchased by Foley Wines recently, Stryker will now be producing a new brand of wines; Cabernets and smaller batch Bordeaux. Stryker’s buildings are aesthetically pleasing, and designed to be in harmony with the environment.
  • Jordan Vineyard & Winery is known for its Chardonnay and its Cabernet Sauvignon. They offer tours and tastings by appointment only. The winery was founded in 1976 and have set a standard for California-produced, European-inspired wine and hospitality. The tastings and tours are $30 per person, and library tastings alone are $20 per person.
  • White Oak Vineyards & Winery produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Merlot. They have 750 acres of estate vineyards, and all of their wines are sourced from there. Their wines are only sold in their tasting room so make sure to buy a bottle (or two) for your suitcase. The tasting room and picnic grounds are open seven days a week.

The Alexander Valley AVA is beautiful and their wines are ones you’ll want to bring home with you!

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