This is the one of the most rugged AVA or wine appellations in the United States. Hot, windy, and steep hillsides make for a very tough growing environment. The vines yield small berries resulting in complex and intense flavors. The most notable varietal grown in these vineyards of the Rockpile AVA is Zinfandel. There only some 148 acres of vineyards planted in the Rockpile AVA. Most of those are own by the Mauritson Family. The area sits high above Lake Sonoma in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County.
There are no tasting rooms up in the Rockpile AVA. You can take a drive there. Take Dry Creek Road off Highway 101 in Healdsburg. Follow Dry Creek Road to the west and drive to Lake Sonoma. From there you will climb to the mysterious Rockpile AVA. You can taste Rockpile Zinfandel and other Rockpile wines at the Mauritson Family Winery on Dry Creek Road.