Fritz Underground Winery
From the perfect microclimate of the Dry Creek Valley, we produce Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since we have the best of both worlds, we also have property in the very cool growing region of the Russian River Valley where we produce world class single vineyard Chardonnays.
If you haven’t been up to Fritz Underground Winery lately, then you’re in for a treat when you arrive and explore their collection of new tasting experiences and events. The newly renovated and modern-design tasting room is perched atop a hill at the estate, with their outdoor tasting patio boasting gorgeous views of Dry Creek Valley. Pack a picnic and enjoy a wine by-the-glass from their tasting menu when visiting.
Built in the late 1970s by namesake, Mr. Jay Arthur Fritz, the winery was way ahead of its time. It was built with sustainability in mind – the three-level winery was built into the side of a hill, which naturally controls the interior temperatures. This three level construction also allows the winemaker to craft great wines with gravity flow, thus eliminating the need for using pumps to move the wines. Not using pumps equals using less electricity and results in wines without harsh tannins.
Now run by Jay’s son, Clayton, the winery is still dedicated to sustainability and producing excellent wines.
This place is really worth visiting! The wines are great, the building is unique, the picnic area is picturesque and the staff is fabulous!
The tasting room staff is happy to discuss the history of the winery, the methods of sustainable winemaking used at Fritz and a myriad of other topics.
Special Tours & Tastings
Underground Cave Tour by appointment only at 11am & 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call 707-894-3389 to book. Weekday tours may also be arranged.
Vineyard Hike – Take a guided 2-mile trek of the 112-acre estate. The moderate-climb trail takes you through their vineyard and orchards, an old redwood grove and to a natural mineral spring. Along the way, you’ll get an informative look at their vineyard trellising systems and taste a wine or two grown from a specific trellis block. After the hike, there’s a behind the scenes tour of the winemaking facility and caves, followed by a seated tasting featuring five of their current release wines. Available year-round (weather permitting) and is offered daily by appointment at 10am for $45 per person.
Bring a picnic to enjoy on the patio with Fritz wine.