Wine Tasting Trails Near Healdsburg
Within a few miles of downtown Healdsburg, there are three main routes for wine tasting.
Westside Road, Russian River Valley
South of downtown, taste the chardonnays and pinot noirs at the stunning hilltop MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, garden-rimmed Rochioli Vineyards and Winery, and historic Landmark Vineyards. Enjoy some estate zinfandel beside the elegant fountains at Matrix Winery, and visit cozy Moshin Vineyards, which crafts a dozen styles of pinot noir in addition to several other single-varietal whites and reds.
Dry Creek Road, Dry Creek Valley
North of downtown, visit the funky Kokomo Winery to sample their dry muscat blanc, and ask to play their creative guessing game using wine-themed stickers based on classic album covers—if you guess the right musical artist you win the sticker. Sample amazingly inexpensive chenin blanc on the manicured grounds of Dry Creek Vineyard, savor wood-fired pizza made with house-made olive oil at Trattore Farms, and—with a Rhône-style blend in hand—look for autumn veggies and cuddle up to cats in the organic gardens at Preston Farm and Winery.
Highway 128, Alexander Valley
A bit north of Dry Creek Road, off the Lytton Springs Road exit of Highway 101, is the French-château-style Jordan Winery. Make an appointment to taste chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons, or to join the annual vineyard hike the third week of October. Continue on to enjoy merlots and whites in the lush veggie gardens of Medlock Ames; sample estate cabs while petting friendly Capone, Hawkes Wine's resident pup; and swing by the LEED-certified Silver Oak Cellars to enjoy sweeping views of their 70-acre cabernet vineyards.