Below is a list of wines that CAFF has identified as containing dry-farmed grapes. Many of the wineries offer multiple dry-farmed wines, but we have chosen to highlight one. To learn more about the wines they produce, click the heading to link you to the winery’s web page.
|AmByth Estate, Grenache
$45 for wine club members
This wine is produced from 100% estate grown dry-farmed Grenache, and the vineyard is located in Templeton. The vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic. Wine is produced with native yeasts, is unfiltered and unfined. The entire AmByth Estate Vineyard is dry farmed. They produce dry-farmed white and red blends, as well as Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo. Read more about AmByth Estate’s other dry-farmed wines or read our AmByth Estate case study.
|Battaglini , 2001 Zinfandel Estate
$30 from winery
Produced from 100% estate grown and dry-farmed Zinfandel, this wine exhibits bright fruit as well as spice. Battaglini Estate Winery produces a variety of dry-farmed Zinfandels from their estate in Santa Rosa including a Proprietor’s Reserve and Proprietor’s Reserve Select. Click here to learn more about their dry-farmed Zinfandels.
|Bella Luna Wines
$28-$48 from winery
Bella Luna Estate Winery is a small family winery focusing on Italian varietals, making small lot productions of premium red wine. The estate is located on five acres in the Templeton Gap District of the famous Paso Robles AVA. Their winemaking style includes dry-farmed vines and natural (wild) yeast fermentation. They currently have three wines to select from that are made entirely from dry farmed wines: 2012 “Estate Riserva,” 2013 Bailey Ranch “Riserva,” and the 2014 Fighter Pilot Red.
||Bucklin Old Hill Ranch , Zinfandel
$34 from winery
This wine is a field blend produced from dry-farmed grapes dating back to the 1880’s grown in Sonoma Valley. Primarily estate Zinfandel, the wine also includes dry-farmed Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, Petite Syrah, Mouvedre, Syrah, Tempranillo, and others. This wine is complex with a dark purple color. To drink now, decant the wine, or let it age for 10 to 12 years. The vineyard is certified organic and is the oldest in Sonoma. Grapes from this vineyard are also sold to Ravenswood. Learn more about the vineyard or read our Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Case Study.
||Captain Vineyard , Pinot Noir
$30 from winery
This 2012 estate wine is a deep red color with aromas full of floral and fruit nuances predominantly consisting of raspberry and cherry with subtle hints of toasted oak, and coffee. The fermentation with 15% whole clusters provides spiciness on the palate with smooth texture and hints of minerality that leads to a natural acidic-driven lingering finish. Aged in French Oak for 24 months.
Condor’s Hope , Zinfandel
$15-$18 retail depending on year
This wine is made from 100% dry-farmed Zinfandel grown in New Cuyama. Winemaker J.P. Pawloski uses open vat fermentation and light American Oak to produce a full berry-fruit Zinfandel. Condor’s Hope has a 4 acre vineyard that is entirely dry farmed. They also produce a dry-farmed Shiraz, a Rose blend of Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Mission, and Pedro Ximenez, and a Zinfandel wine jelly.
|Deaver Vineyards , 2009 Zinfandel Circa 1860s
$28 from winery
This wine is produced from 100% estate grown and dry-farmed vines planted in the 1860s near the original Deaver homestead in Plymouth. The wine is a blend of 83% Zinfandel and 17% Petite Sirah and is a bold wine with rich jam and fruit. Deaver Vineyards produces small batches of estate Zinfandel, Primitivo, Petite Sirah, and dessert wines from dry-farmed grapes. Wines produced from sourced fruit may not be dry-farmed. Learn more about the wines of Deaver Vineyards or their vineyard practices.
$29.99 from winery
Produced from estate grown and dry-farmed Zinfandel grown near Hollister, this wine is full bodied with strong fruit and berry flavors. This Zinfandel is DeRose’s signature wine. They also produce dry-farmed Negrette, Syrah, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc. Find more DeRose wines or read about their dry-farmed vineyard.
|Dominus Estate, Dominus Napa Valley
Dominus is produced from estate grown and dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc grown in Napa Valley. This 2011 vintage “displays fresh almond, wild strawberry and cassis.” Dominus recommends decanting this wine prior to serving, especially when serving young Dominus wines. Dominus also produces Napanook, a wine named for their historic vineyard site in Yountville. Click here to find Dominus Estate wines. Learn about the Historic Napanook Vineyard.
|Emeritus Vineyards, 2011 Hallberg Ranch
$42 from winery
This wine is produced from 100% dry-farmed and estate grown Pinot Noir grown on their 107-acre Hallberg Ranch vineyard in Sebastopol. 2011 presented a cold summer, producing a wine that is more delicate than other vintages. This wine has red fruit aromas such as strawberry and raspberry. Emeritus exclusively produces Pinot Noir grown at their Hallberg Ranch and William Wesley Vineyard sites. Learn more about their vineyards.
|Frog’s Leap , Sauvignon Blanc
$20 from winery
Produced from 100% dry-farmed Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in Rutherford, this wine is dry with a low alcohol level. It is fermented and aged in stainless-steel. All of Frog’s Leap’s wines, except for the Chardonnay, are produced from dry-farmed grapes. Varieties include: Merlot, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Learn about their vineyard or read our Frog’s Leap Case Study.
|Lone Madrone, 2010 Old Hat
$47.50 from winery
This wine is 71% Zinfandel and 29% Petite Syrah produced from dry-farmed grapes from Osgood Vineyard. The wine has flavors of black cherry and dried cranberry, with intriguing smokiness. Winemaker Neil Collins founded Lone Madrone in 1996 with the goal of producing wines that reflect the unique soils of the hills on the west side of Paso Robles. He sources fruit from across the region, including a number of dry farmed vineyards, including Klau Mine, Heaton, Osgood, Bailey, AmByth, and Martinelli vineyards. Please check their website for additional dry-farmed wines, including 2011 Chenin Blanc, 2010 Chenin Blanc Demi-Sec, 2012 Zin Blanco, 2012 Zin of Steel, 2010 Sheep Camp Zinfandel, and 2008 Bad Shepard Zin.
|McHenry Vineyard Estate, Pinot Noir
$35.00 from winery
This is a luscious wine that has all the magic of great Pinot Noir. The grapes come entirely from our dry-farmed, 2-acre vineyard in Bonny Doon, which lies on a sandy mountain slope at 1,800 feet elevation and about 5 miles from the ocean. We picked on September 14 at 23.9 degrees Brix, 0.8 total acidity, and 3.4 pH. For more information about the family winery, visit their website.
|Milliaire Winery, 2010 Clockspring Zinfandel
$26 from winery
This wine is produced from 100% dry farmed grapes from the Clockspring Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley in Amador county. The vines are about 40 years old and the wine has black pepper and blackberry flavors. Milliaire Winery is located in Murphy’s, and they produce wine from grapes sourced from across the Sierra Foothills and Lodi. Their Ghirardelli Zinfandel is also produced from dry farmed grapes sourced from Calaveras County.
|Mount Eden Vineyards, 2011 Edna Valley Chardonnay
$21 from winery
This Chardonnay is produced from 100% dry farmed grapes grown at Wolff Vineyards in the Edna Valley. This wine is has bright, focused, and earth driven flavors. Mount Eden has been making this wine from Wolff Vineyard’s fruit for 27 vintages.
|Ordaz Family Wines, Montecillo Vineyard Zinfandel & Cabernet Sauvignon
$42-$50 from winery
The Montecillo is 100% dry farmed and their wines are made from single vineyards. Montecillo Vineyard is a west facing, dry farmed vineyard located just south of the town of Kenwood, CA. It consistently produces wonderfully dark, almost blueberry like fruit. With cool mornings that lead to hot afternoons, they take extra care to manage the canopy for optimal flavors. Use this link to purchase these wines online!
|Rainborne, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
$35 from winery
Produced from dry-farmed Pinot Noir, 88% of which was sourced from Olcese Vineyards and 12% from Two Dog Vineyard both in Sonoma. Two Dog Vineyard was only dry-farmed in 2008 and 2009. This wine is unfined and unfiltered with minimal additives and aged 13 months in French Oak Barrels. Rainborne produces wine made from exclusively dry-farmed grapes including a 2007 Bennett Valley Pinot Noir.
|Ridge, Paso Robles Zinfandel
$30 from winery
100% dry-farmed Zinfandel sourced from Benito Dusi Ranch in Paso Robles. This wine is fermented with native yeasts and aged 11 months. Ridge Vineyards has locations in both Santa Cruz and Sonoma. Other wines produced from dry-farmed grapes include: Pagani Ranch Zinfandel, a blend of primarily Zinfandel with Alicante Bouchet and Petite Syrah; and Mazzoni Home Ranch, a blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Syrah.
|Smith-Madrone, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
$45 from winery
Made from a blend of dry-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, this wine is produced from grapes grown at the top of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. The wine has intriguing flavors of dark fruit, anise, and crushed bay leaves. 2010 provided a cool and late growing season for the Napa Valley, producing a smaller than normal crop, but one of exceptional quality. All of the wines produced by Smith-Madrone are dry farmed, click here to learn more.
|Tablas Creek Vineyard, 2010 En Gobelet
$45 for wine club members
A blend of 100% estate dry-farmed grapes grown in Paso Robles, the 2010 En Gobelet includes Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Counoise, and Tannat. The wine was co-fermented using native yeasts. En Gobelet may be drunk now or aged for 5 to 10 years to soften the tannins. The vineyards are certified organic. Get more information on Tablas Creek Vineyard or read our Tablas Creek Vineyard case study.
$25 from winery
This wine is produced from 100% estate grown and dry farmed Mourvedre in Amador County. The vines are head pruned and produce small concentrated berries that make a balanced wine. TKC recommends that this wine is decanted before serving.
|Turley Wine Cellars
Turley Wine Cellars produces 34 different wines, many of which are made from dry-farmed grapes. Turley Wine Cellars currently sources fruit from and farms dry-farmed vineyards in Paso Robles, Contra Costa County, Lodi, Amador, Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino. Many of these vineyards are farmed organically and are historic vineyards. To find their dry farmed wine, please contact Turley Wine Cellars directly or visit their tasting rooms!
$21-$29.50 from winery
These wines are produced from 35 year old vines that are estate grown and dry-farmed in the Edna Valley. Learn about Wolff Vineyard or download our Wolff Vineyard Case Study. To view and purchase their wines click here. Grapes from this vineyard are also sold to Mt. Eden Vineyards for their Edna Valley Chardonnay.
|ZinAlley, 2010 Zinfandel
$47 from winery
This wine is made from 100% estate grown and dry-farmed Zinfandel located in Templeton, CA. The wine exhibits rich and concentrated dark fruit, as well as cedar and spice on the finish. ZinAlley produces around 500 cases of estate Zinfandel, as well as close to 150 cases of Zinfandel Port annually. The wines are available at the tasting room or online. Click here to learn more about the wines or learn about the vineyard.