Aug 142016
 

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty at Truett Hurst Winery in Dry Creek Valley

A visit to Truett Hurst winery in Dry Creek Valley, California

Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, California has over 70 wineries. The wine-making areas of Russian River and Alexander Valley are next door. Sonoma Valley and other wine-making areas in the county are not far. With so many to choose from, selecting which wineries I’d visit while in the area for a few days was overwhelming. Tammy of Savor Healdsburg food tours recommended Truett Hurst because of its beautiful grounds. Dry Creek Valley boasts scenic countryside and produces premium wines. Truett Hurst proved to be a good place to enjoy both.

Wine in the Garden. Rustic beauty. Vineyards at Truett Hurst.

Truett Hurst has Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vineyards. Dry Creek Valley has one of the densest concentrations of Old Vine Zinfandel in the world. In the 1800s, Italian immigrants brought personal cuttings of Zinfandel grapes with them. They also planted Petite Sirah. Truett Hurst used cuttings from Old Vines to start their vineyard.

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Five of the twenty-six acres at Truett Hurst are devoted to gardens. There are olive trees, vegetables, herbs and flowers. I asked what was done with the vegetables raised. At the current time, they are used exclusively by winery staff.

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Outdoor patio area, overlooking gardens

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Places to sit and enjoy the grounds and wine can be found in the side garden too

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Picnic area

In addition to the patio areas, there are spots to relax in a natural setting overlooking the creek. The picnic chairs can be reserved by wine club members and are usually booked solid on nice weekend days. Picnic food is available for sale in the tasting room.

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

Salmon and trout live in the creek. You may also see ducks and otters. The seats along the creek are especially popular in late fall when the salmon are spawning.

Truett Hurst was formed in 2007 with a vision to create world class wines using biodynamic farming principles. I know very little about biodynamic farming. What I’ve gathered from my research is that it is similar to organic farming with an added spiritual aspect, where all of nature (and the farm) is viewed as an interconnected whole. It is about being self-sustaining and regenerative. The farm is organized so waste from one area becomes energy for another. Plant diversity, composting, crop rotation and an assortment of animal life are components of biodynamic farming, as is being in tune with the rhythms of nature, such as the phases of the moon.

Animals at Truett Hurst winery in Dry Creek Valley

Animals at Truett Hurst

Tasting room at Truett Hurst

The tasting room, made of eco-friendly materials

I did more than enjoy the scenic grounds. I sampled some wine. There were nine wines on the tasting menu. I tried four. The 2014 Bluebird Sauvignon Blanc (described as tasting of passion fruit, white pepper, tangerine, guava and gooseberry) was crisp. The 2014 White Sheep Pinot Noir (described as tasting of cherry, raspberry, crushed rose petals, vanilla bean and toasted fresh bread) was a light-tasting red. I enjoyed the fuller bodies of the 2014 Bradford Mountain Grist Vineyard Zinfadel (described as tasting of mountain grown ripe red fruit, bramble raspberry, black pepper and leather spice with tasted oak) and the 2014 Dragonfly Red Blend (a blend of syrah, zinfandel and petite sirah described as tasting of dark bing cherries and ripe red fruits with toasty oak aromas).

The Truett Hurst tasting room is open 10 to 5 daily. The grounds are a lovely place to linger.

Goat at Truett Hurst winery

Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty in Dry Creek Valley

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  12 Responses to “Wine in the Garden: Rustic Beauty”

  1. I love the idea that Truett Hurst winery reserves the vegetable garden for the employees of the winery. And I also love the ides of biodynamic farming principles. About time we returned some spirituality to the earth!

    • Jacquie, I was unfamiliar with biodynamic farming principles before starting to write this post and there are quite interesting. Agree we could return some spirituality to earth!

  2. I have been to Sonoma but not to this winery. Look beautiful and an idyllic place in sunny weather! ~ Jessica

    • Jessica, the winery grounds did feel idyllic. There are so many wonderful wineries in the area, one can only get to a small fraction, even if making multiple visits to the area.

  3. I never heard of biodynamic farming either, but it sounds like a wonderful way to go about growing good things that people want to eat. And drink.

    • RoseMary, biodynamic farming is an interesting concept. I found mixed reactions on the Internet, but would be interested in learning more.

  4. What a lovely place to do a bit of wine tasting!

  5. Truett Hurst sounds and looks like a gem of a winery. So many wineries are leading by example when it comes to giving visitors a truly sensory experience they can immerse themselves in.

    • Jeri, with so many wineries in the area, there is a lot of motivation to create that truly sensory experience and attract visitors.

  6. Hi Donna, I am so glad you were able to see so many wonderful places while in California. The state really has a lot to offer, and such a wide variety of things. Wineries are some of my favorites. Too bad you couldn’t hit them all. 🙂

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