West Dry Creek Wineries
This is one of our favorite wine country backroads. The West Dry Creek wineries are small and family owned. They are all tucked away and can be easily missed. You can get to West Dry Creek Road from three different entrances. We like to start at Westside Road where the Madrona Manor B&B is located. In Healdsburg head down Headsburg Avenue and turn right on to Mills Street. Mills goes under Highway 101 Freeway and becomes Westside Road. Turn right at Madrona Manor and head along West Dry Creek Road. West Dry Creek Road is also a popular spot for walkers, runners, and cyclists, so be careful around every beautiful bend of the road. On a nice warm day, be sure to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it at Lambert Bridge, Quivira, or Preston. I took this photo a few years ago at the junction of Lambert Bridge Road and Dry Creek Road. There might be a few more wineries on the wine route indicators, but the ones you see are all wonderful to visit. One winery not on the list is a secret boutique winery. It is Montemaggiore ,and it’s located about three miles up on of the side roads from West Dry Creek Road. The winery is owned by Lise and Vince Ciolino. They make about 1000 cases of wine, specializing in Rhone-style red wines. They are open by appointment only. Vince is the grower and all his vines are biodynamic. Lise is the winemaker. This is short slide video we made on the biodynamic farming at Montemaggiore.