Alexander Valley. The namesake comes from Cyrus Alexander who left his Pennsylvania home to venture west. He tried his hand at fur trapping in the Rockies and then entered the rush for gold in California in the early 1800’s. On a trip to Northern California, he landed in the valley then known as the ‘ranchos’ where he was soon to put down roots. It was situated east of the Russian River that was fed from a northern watershed, a great source of life and perfect for farming his grapes he was soon to plant. To the west was the Mayacamas mountains, magic scenery that was to be the backdrop to his grape growing adventure. Nearby Fort Ross had been growing grapes for years. Cyrus took advantage of that and bought some clippings to start his vineyard. Alexander Vineyards is the original homestead of Cyrus Alexander. Welcome to Alexander Valley.
Alexander valley became an AVA or designated appellation in 1984. It had a rich history until then and is one of the most beautiful valleys in the northern California grape consortium. Healdsburg would be considered the flagship town, another gem of this valley and well worth visiting… if you get a chance when out wine tasting. Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale are home to over fifty wineries with some impressive members like Jordan Vineyards, Lancaster Estates, Coppola, Robert Young, White Oak Vineyards and the historically famous Alexander Vineyards. Once you select your limousine, our concierge service will assist in choosing the perfect wine tour for you. Your chauffeur will also have a helping hand in guiding you to that perfect destination.
Although Cabernet Sauvignon seems to be the most popular variety, this area also is a great venue for many varietals like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot and whites like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. The coastal breezes and occasional fog belt form a cooling pattern in the mornings and at night. These temperamental varieties hang a little better here than in the much hotter Napa Valley.
This is one of the northern most wine valleys but is very accessible from both Napa or Sonoma. The access road from Calistoga can reach this wine country in about an hour or so. The trick would be to make a stop or two along the way to make the timing of your wine tour a bit more pleasant. This is a wonderful place with a colorful history, great wine, and great food. The town of Healdsburg with it’s town square is an awesome place to stay and the restaurants are par excellent! Cyrus, Dry Creek Kitchen, Zin are all great choices and a little place called “Charcuterie” is quaint and delicious. Almond cuts to replace the croutons is a winner. Let us assist in the planning of your wine tour to Alexander Valley, the beautiful appellation to the north.