Grape growing regions in North and West Sonoma

Rockpile Wine Growing Region Views From Drone

You likely know of the many reasons that people visit the grape growing areas near Healdsburg in Sonoma County every year. The award-winning wines, rolling hills, stunning vineyard views, Michelin-star restaurants, and amazing hospitality are just a few. You will also fall in love with the cozy boutique stays and small town charm that this region brings. You will find below the grape growing regions near Healdsburg in Sonoma County and what they are known for. If you are looking at booking a wine tour in one of these amazing AVAs, book with us at Windsor Wine Tours.


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Chalk Hill:

This wine region is perched in the hills above the town of Windsor, partway between Santa Rosa and Healdsburg. You will discover the breathtaking views that this region offers. You will also quickly discover why this is one of the most sought after wine growing regions. In Chalk Hill, you will find that Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the dominant grapes grown here. Most importantly, this region produces rich and complex wines with excellent aging potential so you can enjoy them for many years to come. You will find amazing Windsor wineries and Healdsburg wineries that are part of Chalk Hill AVA.

Chalk Hill AVA

Alexander Valley:

You will find that this majestic valley offers stunning views as you drive through the vineyards grown on the valley floor all the way up into the Mayacama Mountains. In addition, Alexaner Valley produces exceptional Bordeaux varietals, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. It also produces amazing Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel. You will find incredible Healdsburg wineries, Geyserville wineries, and Cloverdale wineries this wine region. As a result, you will find that this is a diverse wine growing area with exceptional wines. For more information. visit Alexander Valley


Alexander Valley Vineyard View
Alexander Valley AVA

Russian River Valley:

Firstly, Russian River Valley is known for its cool climate influenced by the fog and breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. Secondly, the Russian River Valley is highly regarded for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Above all, it’s known for its vibrant fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and elegant complexity. You will find incredible Sebastopol wineries and wineries in nearby towns. For more information, visit Russian River Valley


Russian River Valley AVA

Dry Creek Valley:

In addition to sun-soaked Zinfandels and rolling hills, you will discover many family-owned wineries and a variety of incredible wines. Dry Creek is most known for it’s exceptional Zinfanels. However, it’s also known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Rhône varietals. Whether you are looking for beuatiful views or excpetional wines, you will find it all in Dry Creek Valley. For more information visit Dry Creek Valley


Dry Creek Vineyards in Healdsburg
Dry Creek Valley AVA

Sonoma Coast:

This wine growing region has the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and the unique maritime climate. This region is celebrated for its exceptional cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The wines from the Sonoma Coast exhibit bright acidity, complexity, and a distinct minerality, showcasing the influence of the coastal terroir.


Views of the Sonoma Coastline from Highway 1
Sonoma Coast AVA


Though small in size (under 200 acres planted), Rockpile’s wild beauty and adventurous spirit are drawing in intrepid winemakers and curious visitors alike. While tasting rooms are scarce within the AVA itself, several nearby wineries showcase Rockpile’s bounty, offering stunning lake views and the chance to sip these distinctive wines right at their source. Rockpile is known for having exceptional Zinfandel and over the years Cabernet Sauvingnon is bring grown in this wine region more and more.


Rockpile Wine Growing Region Views From Drone
Rockpile AVA


Discover the amazing growing regions in North and West Sononma! We custom tailor each of our wine tours to tailor to your wine preferences, wine region you are looking to explore, and the type of experience you are looking to have in wine country. For an unforgetable experience in wine country, book with us at Windsor Wine Tours!

We provide Sebastopol Wine Tours and Healdsburg Wine Tours. We also provide private Sonoma wine tours to the following American Viticultural Areas (AVAs): Russian River Wine Tours, Alexander Valley Wine Tours, Dry Creek Valley Wine Tours, and Sonoma Valley Wine Tours.


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