Alexander Valley has more than 40 wineries, each producing unassuming and distinctive wines. Located at the north end of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) is 22 miles in length and varies in width from two to seven miles. The valley includes the valley floor and hills to the east and west encompassing approximately 76,900 acres, with more than 15,000 currently planted to premium wine grapes.
The valley is named after Cyrus Alexander who was the first one to come and settle in the valley in mid of 19th century. It is known for its beauty and quality and variety of grapes that are planted here. Towns of Healdsburg and Sonoma are two main hubs for visiting the wineries of this region.
Alexander Valley is one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon producing regions in the state, and accordingly, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown on much of the arable land in the region. These wines tend to be softer and less earthy, than those from the Oakville and Rutherford area. The alluvial soils tend to produce a rich, chocolate flavor which many also describe as fleshy and velvety.
Alexander Valley terrain is hospitable to more than just the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. This gorgeous sector of Sonoma County is home to more than 40 wineries, each producing distinctive wines from the hot sun, gentle fog, and rich soils deposited by the Russian River. The northern end of the valley is the warmest area where you'll find excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Rhone varietals including French Syrah and Viognier, and the Italian varietals Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. The lower soils lapping the river produce outstanding Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot. The Chardonnay from the area is described as rich, tropical, and fruity.
Alexander Valley Wineries
Acclaimed for luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, crisp Chardonnay, supple Syrah and spicy Zinfandel, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the appellation and became a leading winery in Sonoma County.
Clos du Bois crafted its first vintage in 1974 from 520 acres of grapes in Sonoma County's then little-known Alexander Valley. Since that time the Alexander Valley has become one of the world's most prestigious wine producing regions.
The Meeker Vineyard tasting room is currently located in the 100-year-old Geyserville Bank Building in the farm town of Geyserville, about six miles north of Healdsburg between Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys.
At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn't just a family business; it's a family tradition - one that's endured since its founding in 1985 by friends Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Reddy.
Just outside of Healdsburg on Hwy 128 in the heart of Alexander Valley you will find Sausal Winery, a small family owned winery that produces award winning wine.
Edoardo Seghesio planted his first zinfandel vineyard in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley in 1895. Since then, four generations of the Seghesio family have tended over 400 acres of vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
A lot of what we do at Simi is based on tradition, enhanced with cutting-edge innovation. Our philosophy has always been to maintain the quality and style that we're recognized for, while at the same time improve our methods for growing grapes and crafting wines to reflect the experience and knowledge we are accumulating and have been throughout the winery's 125-year history.
The Trentadue family has been growing premium red wine grapes on their 200 acre estate in the Alexander Valley for over 47 years. With vines dating back to 1886, to the adaptation of improved farming practices and the planting of new clones and rootstocks, the Trentadues continue to balance the traditions of the area's early Italian growers and the ever-evolving changes within the viticulture industry.
White Oak Vineyards & Winery has nearly 750 acres of vineyards divided between the Napa, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. Roughly 10% of this fruit is used in White Oak wines with the balance being sold to other well known prestige wineries.