The Geyserville Wine Trail explores the wineries that are near the quaint little town of Geyserville. The Geyserville Wine Trail takes you into both the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley wine appellations. The town of Geyserville also has tasting rooms and has two gourmet Italian restaurants. The Geyserville Inn was recently renovated and is a delightful place to lodge.
Top Wineries Alexander Valley – Geyserville Wine Trail
• Ridge Lytton Springs – Zinfandel wines are legendary
• Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Taste wine, swim, and Bocce
• Trentadue – Wines made in the Italian tradition
• Trione Winery – Must-see Old Stone Building
• Pedroncelli Winery – Family run since 1927, Mother Clone Zinfandel
• Frick Winery – Spectacular backroad wonder, Rhone style wines.
We recommend that you visit no more than three wineries in one day. Take things at a slower pace when in wine country.
Dining and Lodging Recommendations
- See restaurants nearby
- See lodging nearby
- Things to do in Healdsburg
Ridge Lytton Springs
Take Highway 101 and just north of Healdsburg, watch for the Lytton Springs exit. Take the exit west, and at the top of the hill, you will see Ridge Lytton Springs on the left. The tasting room offers a couple of tasting choices, but your best bet is to book a two-hour tour. It is a very detailed tour, and the wines in the tasting are delicious. If you are lucky, your tour will include the famous Monte Bello Cabernet. It is one of the best California Cabernet wines you will ever experience. We don’t think you will be disappointed with any of the wines at Ridge. The Zinfandel wines are fantastic. What a beautiful view up at Ridge Lytton Springs.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
From Ridge, head back to Highway 101 and go north on 101. Quickly look for the Independence Lane exit. Cross under Highway 101 on Independence Lane to the entrance of the Francis Ford Coppola winery, 300 Via Archimedes. Francis Ford Coppola purchased this winery in 2007 and has completely renovated the winery. Besides making wine, the winery has a huge swimming pool, cabanas, and Bocce courts. Besides, there is the Rustic restaurant that has one of the most beautiful views in the wine country. There is also a ton of Hollywood memorabilia to enjoy. The place is fantastic!
Backtrack to Dry Creek Road and take the freeway north. Exit at Independence Lane, turn right, and then left on Geyserville Avenue to Trentadue Winery. This unique and small winery is owned and operated by Leo and Evelyn Trentadue. They purchased the land in 1959. They produce a variety of red wines, but two are unique and worth a try. Trentadue produces a Sangiovese, which is the main grape grown in the Chianti region of Italy. The Sangiovese grape does very well in this region, and several wineries are taking the lead from Trentadue and planting Sangiovese vineyards. Trentadue bottled the first Sangiovese back in 1984. The second wine is Carignane, a grape that is a filler. Rarely do you find Carignane as a wine. A new tasting room was opened in early 2003 and is very comfortable and attractive.
From Trentadue continue north on Geyserville Avenue. The landmark Old Stone Building was once the Nervo Winery. Today the Trione Family owns the winery, and the family has built a beautiful tasting room and winemaking facility. For many years this family has been farming vineyards in the region. With the purchase of the Nervo Winery, they now can make wine under the family name. The family has restored the inside of the Old Stone Building to its former glory. The picnic deck affords fabulous views of the Alexander Valley.
Pedroncelli is one of the oldest wineries in the area with a starting date of 1927. To get there, pass through the town of Geyserville, cross under the freeway and take Canyon Road to the west. Here you take the leap from the Alexander Valley to the Dry Creek Valley. The winery will be on the right, about a one-mile drive from Geyserville Avenue. You will find some of the best and most reasonably-priced wines around. The Mother Clone Zinfandel is a great value wine. Try the Friends White and the Friends Red; they are both fantastic best buy wines.
From Pedroncelli, head along Walling Road for one mile. If nothing else, you must drive this road just for the breathtaking views. Much of the vineyards along this scenic stretch belong to the Gallo Family. The Frick tasting room is special. Check our photo above, and you will understand. Winemaker Bill Frick has some unusual varietals to try, like Carignane, Cinsaut, and Counoise. These are Rhone wines that are under the radar. You will also enjoy some of the more standard Rhone wines produced by Frick, like the delicious Syrah and Grenache wines.
Geyserville Wine Trail Map
Additional wine routes in the Healdsburg wine region of Sonoma
- Westside Road Wine Trail
- Old Redwood Highway Wine Trail
- Alexander Valley Wine Trail
- Dry Creek Valley Wine Trail
- Olivet Road Wine Trail
- Green Valley Wine Trail
Tips for your Healdsburg Wine Tour
- You are encouraged to have a designated driver. Consider hiring a limousine or van service.
- First time to a winery in Healdsburg? Find out what happens in a typical tasting room.
- Are you wondering about how to taste wine? Wine Tasting Techniques
- If you cannot picnic, enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Healdsburg’s many fine restaurants.
- We list Healdsburg lodging.
- Pace yourself and make a day of wine tasting. Take photos!
- Visiting three wineries in one day is enough to you keep you busy and content with the slow and easy pace of wine country.
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