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Forth Vineyards

4791 Dry Creek Road, Bldg 11, Healdsburg, CA 95448, United States
Region: Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg (707) 433-0100 http://familywines.com
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  • Year Established:
    1998
  • Winery Contact:
    Gerry and Jann Forth
  • Winemaker:
    Gerry Forth

About our winery:

When people ask how we got started in the wine business, my answer is, ‘Well, we began by drinking A LOT of wine!’…but, as true as that part is, the rest of our story began this way…Nearly twenty years ago, while Gerry was deeply immersed in healthcare start-ups and I was busy with non-profit boards, we wandered into Sonoma County, and in particular the Dry Creek Valley, and were instantly enchanted by its stunning beauty and splendid wines.…so, when we found a broken-down piece of property that just happened to be perfect for growing Cabernet and Syrah grapes, we knew it was time to begin to write a new chapter.Gerry traded his board seat for a tractor seat and I, my Ann Taylor suits for overalls, and the two of us headed out into the vineyard hand-in-hand and have never looked back. Learning to work together in the vineyards and winery has been hilarious and challenging and wonderful (and did I say, hilarious?) and a part of our story that now, after 17 years, we would not trade for the world!With the help of some wine-maker friends we produced our first vintage in 1998, a glorious Cabernet, and, ever since, have been diligently working to create intriguing wines that allow the terrior, the fruit, and the vintage to express their own unique story in your glass.(This is where your winery description will go, claim this listing to change)


Three things to love about us:

Passion, the story "Histoire", the color "red"


What makes us unique:

You have probably heard this before, but it bears repeating; beautiful grapes make beautiful wines. As winemakers, we do our best to select the optimal time to pick each varietal. For the last couple of weeks before harvest we frequently visit each vineyard and taste the grapes, take juice samples, and assess the general condition of the grapes. There is nothing we can do to make them ripen faster, but we can hold off the picking until they are as nearly perfect as possible. On the rare occasion we also must tell the grower that his crop will not meet our standards and we cannot buy them. That is the sort of conversation we try to prevent by visits earlier in the season, while there is still time to make adjustments in the vineyard. This is the classic winegrowing approach to producing wonderful wines.After harvest we practice minimal intervention, desiring to allow the fruit to ‘tell its own story’. We age all of our red wines for at least 20 months in American and French oak barrels. Then they are filtered and bottled. We decide on the release date for each wine by tasting them monthly until we think a wine is ready. If we are offering a wine for sale, it is ready to drink, but all of our red wines will age for a decade or more, and still deliver vibrant fruit and silky tannins.


  Days and hours open

Mon10:30 AM4:30 PM
Tue10:30 AM4:30 PM
Wed10:30 AM4:30 PM
Thu10:30 AM4:30 PM
Fri10:30 AM4:30 PM
Sat10:30 AM4:30 PM
Sun10:30 AM4:30 PM

  • Casual
  • Has A View
  • Dog Friendly
  • Small & Quaint
  • Family Run
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Merlot
  • Syrah
  • Outdoor Area
  • Private Tasting
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Picnic Sites
  • Ability to Purchase Wine
  • WiFi
  • Limo Friendly

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