Healdsburg is at the southern end of this valley that was first plantedby the French, and then the Italians, in the late 1800s. The Italianpioneers discovered that the land was reminiscent of Tuscany andPiedmont. They planted Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, and Carignane toproduce hearty red wines. And it is here that Zinfandel reigns supreme!After Zinfandel, the leading varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon,Sauvingnon Blanc, and Merlot. In many areas of Dry Creek, the soil isrocky and dry. This produces a grape with a concentrated flavor that isfully true to its variety.
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