Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is situated on the site of a former dairy farm in Sonoma County’s newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Bennett Valley was formally recognized as an AVA in December of 2003, but its history of grape growing dates back to the mid-1800s.
Since its founding, the winery has built its reputation on Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, two varieties of grapes that thrive in Sonoma’s temperate climate. In 1985, the original winery was demolished to make way for a modern winemaking facility. Since that time, the winery’s vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres and its wine portfolio has been expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay and a limited quantity of Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In addition to its wines, Matanzas Creek is also famous for its spectacular lavender gardens. Lavender has been grown on the winery grounds for over twenty years and more than two million stems are harvested every year. The winery offers a full line of bath, body, and culinary products derived from the harvested lavender. The high quality, all natural products are available for sale at the winery’s lavender shop and at spas throughout Sonoma County and beyond.
The bath and body products include soaps, lotions, massage oils, scrubs, masks, sprays, and bath salts. The culinary products are comprised of lavender laced Himalayan salt, spice rubs, honey and lavender grill sticks.
The winery offers daily wine tastings and wine and cheese pairings. Vineyard tours are available between the hours of 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Visitors to Matanzas Creek can also choose to picnic among the winery’s fragrant lavender fields or participate in a game of Bocce Ball. The annual Sonoma Lavender Festival takes place in June.
So, when you are traveling in California’s wine country, why not incorporate a visit to Matanza’s Creek and sample the offerings from Sonoma County’s newest American Viticultural Area?
Location: 6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, California 95404
Web Page: http://www.matanzascreek.com/