Premier Winery Experience participant and Passport to Zinfandel participant
A day of visiting Dry Creek Valley would not be complete without paying a visit to one of its landmark structures and wineries – Wilson Winery. Lovingly restored and modernized for state of the art winemaking, the century-old Wilson Winery is the domain of Diane and Ken Wilson and home base for their portfolio of outstanding winery and hospitality properties. The old tin barn building and grounds have become a reference point in Dry Creek for its wines, hospitality, and ambience.
Diane, who was born and raised in Northern California, is a self taught winemaker who since founding Wilson in1993 with husband Ken has received countless awards, gold medals, lofty scores, and accolades including recently being named “Woman Winemaker of the Year”. Diane crafts balanced, fruit-forward wines that express Zinfandel’s vibrant character and harken to the many historic vineyard sites in Dry Creek and Sonoma County from which they are sourced. The second generation Wilsons – Sydney, Victoria, and Sawyer are all involved in the day to day operations of the winery and regularly greet visitors and host winery tastings and events. Diane is often available to guests to chat or sign a special bottle. Diane’s other greeter, border collie Ben, would love for you to throw a ball for him. Diane and Ken utilize sustainable production practices, farming and water use as well as support a scholarship fund for Sonoma County farmworker families.
Visitors can choose between tasting at the bar or relaxing outdoors with tableside service. Tasting fees are waived with purchases, and retail sales and wine clubs are offered. Dogs and picnics are welcome. Be sure to allow a moment to have a memorable photo op with artist Brian Tedrick’s giant coyote sculpture in the winery gardens!