Nineteenth century pioneer Cyrus Alexander explored Northern Sonoma County and settled the beautiful valley now named for him, selecting pristine acreage for his own family's estate. More than one hundred years later, in 1962, Harry and Maggie Wetzel purchased Alexander's homestead from his heirs. The Wetzel family then became twentieth century pioneers, as they restored the residence and planted the property with premium grape varieties.

Today the Wetzel Family Estate is home to Alexander Valley Vineyards, a prominent, family- owned and operated vineyard and winery. Grape vines are carefully cultivated on 150 prime acres, reaching from the banks of the Russian River up into the surrounding foothills.

Beginning with Alexander Valley Vineyard's first vintage in 1975, Winemaker Hank Wetzel has made estate grown wines with an owner's dedication. Careful to preserve the quality born in the vineyard, his accomplished efforts have heightened the worldwide reputation of Alexander Valley. Hank consistently crafts impressive wines: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the principal varietals, along with limited bottlings of Chenin Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Zinfandel, Syrah and Pinot Noir. "My goal is to make wines that capture the exceptional fruit flavors and soft tannins characteristic of this region -- wines with accessibility, grace and finesse," he says.

Visitors are welcome at Alexander Valley Vineyards, whether to tour, taste, or purchase wine. The tasting room (above) is open daily, from 10:00PM to 5:OOPM, except major holidays. Tours are scheduled by appointment. Picnic tables (below) are available, on a first come, first served basis. Come and enjoy the relaxed and beautiful setting.

Alexander Valley Winery / 8644 Highway 128 / Healdsburg, CA  95448 / 707-433-7209

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