We’ve visited our fair share of wine caves. Typically, it’s occurred in a winery setting, where the magic of wine tasting and wine making takes place in a temperature-perfect cavern, dug out from a dusty, rugged hillside. If you’re a wine lover, there is nothing quite like smelling, swirling and sipping vintages in a cave carved out of the Earth. Everything smells musty and fantastically old. The air is still and moist. It’s cold, chilled to anywhere from 55 to 60 degrees. Barrel after barrel stack along dimly lit walls. The ambiance of wine caves often have a way of intensifying the experience of the wine being tasted. Flavors come alive: citrus, oak, butter, berry, tobacco, deep chocolate. Everything is heightened.
That’s why this wine cave, located on a gated seven acres just three miles from Healdsburg Plaza, caught our attention.
Chiseled into the hillside of the casually elegant Dry Creek Valley vineyard estate, this 3,000-square-foot wine cave offers the magic and romance of an underground wine tasting experience in the privacy of home. The cave, constructed by Bacchus Caves, leads you into a meandering pathway of tunnels and hallways until you reach an open area set up for doing—what else?—tasting.
You can easily imagine sipping Dry Chenin Blanc under the gentle curves of the ceiling, or a fine vintage Cabernet Sauvignon as you sample local artisan cheeses. It’s all a little dreamy, especially given the gorgeous Sonoma County surrounds.
Dry Creek Valley vineyard estate truly inspires with five acres of premium vineyards and an olive grove, as well as all of the features needed for easy California wine country indoor/outdoor entertaining: a semi-Olympic pool and spa, cabana, tennis court, outdoor kitchen with a Mugniani pizza oven and separate guest cottage.
Yes. We’re officially having interiors envy. And wine envy. Pass us a glass…