west dry creek road wine trail

West Dry Creek Road Wine Trail – fantastic backroad in wine country

West Dry Creek Road Wine Trail 

The West Dry Creek Road Wine Trail is one of our favorite backroads in wine country. Spend an entire day roaming this quite and scenic road. Pack a lunch and enjoy the lovely beauty of the Dry Creek Valley. To begin the West Dry Creek wine route, head out from the Healdsburg Plaza and go south on Healdsburg Ave. Turn right on Mill St. Take Mill St. under Highway 101. It becomes Westside Road. In just a very short distance you should see a set of arrows pointing to the wineries. You will also see the Madrona Manor. At that point go to the right and travel on West Dry Creek Road. It is one of the prettiest and quietest roads you will find in wine country. The area is the perfect spot for a wine country picnic. Be sure to pack your lunch from the excellent delis in the area. See our list of places to picnic on this trail. There are many exciting wineries on this wine trail.

We recommend you take two days to explore wineries in the Dry Creek Valley.
Take a day to visit wineries on Dry Creek Road. On the second day
visit wineries on West Dry Creek Road.

West Dry Creek Road Wine Trail

Lambert Bridge – Very possibly the best picnic area in wine country
Quivira Vineyards – Organic and Biodynamically farmed.
Hawley Vineyards – Barrel Fermented Viognier is tops – Reservations only
Preston Winery – Coziest tasting room, wines, baked bread, and olive oils
Bella Vineyards – Quality Zinfandel wines, magnificent caves

Dry Creek Road Trail – opposite side of Dry Creek

We suggest that you visit no more than three wineries in one day. Relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the Dry Creek Valley


Dining and Lodging Recommendations


Lambert Bridge Winery

Lambert Bridge is about four miles along West Dry Creek Road from the Madrona Manor Inn. It’s on the left side of the road in a quiet and very peaceful setting. Lambert Bridge is a perfect place for your picnic lunch or to just sit for a while and take in the serenity of this spot. The gardens, surrounding vineyards, and quiet country road make this a must stop. It is especially attractive in the fall when you can see the various colors displayed by the surrounding vineyards and trees. Lambert Bridge Winery is a favorite picnic spot for many wine country travelers to the Dry Creek Valley. The Lambert Bridge wines are on the expensive side so be prepared to shell out some big bucks for the wines. Sauvignon Blanc is $35. That’s more than any other winery along this stretch.

Tasting room open daily from 10:30 to 4:30 pm.,
(800) 975-0555, e-mail: wines@lambertbridge.com, Lambert Bridge Winery

Quivira Vineyards

From Lambert Bridge continue along West Dry Road. After passing the turnoff for Lambert Bridge Road continue on West Dry Creek Road for another one-third of a mile to Quivira Vineyards. This winery is also family owned. New owners recently acquired the winery and had continued the philosophy of biodynamic farming. A new garden patch is located at the entrance of the winery to demonstrate biodynamic agriculture.  Quivira is another good winery to have a picnic lunch.

Tasting room open daily, 11:00 to 5 pm.
(800)-292-8339, e-mail:quivira@quivirawine.com Quivira Vineyards

Hawley Vineyards & Winery

Hawley requires advanced reservations. Hawley has a tasting room in the downtown area of Healdsburg. The next winery is easy to miss but try not to because it is one of these secret gems. From Quivira, continue on West Dry Creek Road for about one mile. There is just a small sign on the left pointing up the hill to Hawley Vineyards and Winery. Follow the road up the mountain for approximately a half mile. John Hawley and his family work this winery and make 5000 cases of wine annually. Hawley is a down-to-earth winery with no frills, just delicious wines. Don’t miss the barrel fermented Viognier.

Tasting Room is open by appointment, but you are more than likely to find someone there to open the tasting room.
(707) 431 2705, e-mail: info@hawleywine.com, Hawley Winery & Vineyards

Preston Vineyards

From Hawley, get back on West Dry Creek Road, turn left and drive to the end of West Dry Creek Road. Follow the signs to Preston Vineyards. Preston Vineyards is a unique and enjoyable winery to visit. Once you enter the tasting room, you’ll sense a very different atmosphere from most wineries. Besides great wines at Preston, you will be able to buy some delicious loaves of bread and fabulous olive oil; both made on the premises. The owners, Lou and Susan Preston, recently changed their winemaking strategy and did the unusual. They cut back wine production from 25,000 cases to 8000 cases. They are concentrating on making fewer and better varietals and farming their vineyards organically.

Tasting room open daily 11 to 4:30 pm
(800) 305 9707, e-mail: mail@prestonvineyards.com, Preston Vineyards

Bella Vineyards

This is the very last winery on West Dry Creek Road. As you near the end of the West Dry Creek Road. You will see the signs for the winery. Bella Vineyards recently constructed a cave system for storing and aging its wine. The tasting room is within the cave system. The winery specializes in Zinfandel, producing three Zinfandels from its small estate vineyards. Two of these vineyards are in the Dry Creek region, and the third is in the nearby Alexander Valley. Since the emphasis is on quality wine, production is tiny, and the wines sell out quickly. Our favorite is the Belle Canyon Estate 2001 from the Dry Creek Valley. A few other varieties are also produced, but the Zinfandels are their flagship wines.

Tasting room open daily 11:30 to 4:30
(707) 473-9171, e-mail:info@bellawinery.com, Bella Vineyards