Wilson Winery is simply put, wonderful! They have fantastic wines, warm and friendly people in a uniquely historical setting. At Wilson Winery I found the staff was so kind, and knowledgeable about wine and happily catering to my needs, that I felt as if I was the most important person there. But I could see I wasn’t the only customer having that experience when I looked around the cozy tasting room in the century-old tin barn that was lovingly restored by owners Ken and Diane Wilson. The state-of-the-art tasting room is warm and welcoming with glimpses of its’ historic past and a promising future.
Walking out onto the beautiful expansive deck with my glass of mouthwateringly luscious 2014 Carl’s Zinfandel, “I can see clearly” as the song says, why this is the best view in the Dry Creek Valley. Truly breathtaking, it is the perfect spot to sit, relax and savor my wine and the Cheese and Charcuterie platter I ordered ahead of time, with local delectables perfectly prepared by Wilson Artisan Wineries Chef Donna Parsons. Make sure to order in advance, it’s so worth it!
Dry Creek Valley has a grape-growing history going back 140 years, and is best known for its robust Zinfandel wines. This rural wine region is located in north-central Sonoma County is one of California’s hottest wine travel destinations!
I was excited to visit the award winning Wilson Winery, because I am a wine (I’m zany for their Zins) and dog (I’m mad for my Maltese) lover, and heard this is the destination for both. In fact Owner Diane’s Border collie, Molly’s paw prints, are embedded in the cement floor of the tasting room, and the Wilson daughters, Sydney and Victoria have dogs too. All three Wilson dogs grace this label in a 3 Dog Night inspired painting by local artist Mylette Welch. Two dollars from every bottle purchased is donated to the Greendog Rescue Project.
There is no distracting dazzle here at Wilson Winery, there is a real down to earth family feel that you get where the excellent award wining Dry Creek Valley wines speak for themselves!
The old tin barn is more than the home of Wilson Winery; it is a landmark that, perhaps more than any other building, represents the history and tradition of winemaking excellence in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley.