Christopher Creek Winery

One of the youngest groups to own a winery in the Valley, you’ll find Christopher Creek in Healdsburg, just overlooking Fitch Mountain within the Russian River Valley.

The Christopher Creek story begins in 2011, when the team purchased a breathtaking property that was nearly sold to a large wine conglomerate. Joe Foppoli and childhood friend Liam McCormick are now known for their award winning, estate bottled wines. While this is a newer project for them, wine has been in Joe's family blood for many generations. They have a history in the Italian wine industry dating back to the 1400’s and have been making boutique wines in California for almost 100 years.

The winery currently produces around 4,000 cases annually, with a large focus on their old-vine estate Syrah and the Petite Sirah (planted in 1972). They are also quite passionate about Pinot Noir, and this varietal is fast becoming what they are now famous for. Growing up in a tight knit farm community in the Russian River Valley, they grew to understand which vineyards and specific vineyard blocks possessed the desired quality fruit. Through their Valley connections, the team is able to cherry pick from the best vineyard blocks to produce exquisite single vineyard Pinot Noirs. What started with one has now become ten, with typically less then one barrel of each produced.

Artisan Winemaker Mike Brunson hand harvests and hand crafts every wine. With his support, Christopher Creek has now expanded their portfolio to include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Rosé, Syrah, and Port. There’s truly something for every wine palate.

In addition to breath taking views, the property offers a tasting room, the members-only pool and patio, an estate house rental and private barrel room tastings. A visit to Christopher Creek is like spending time with family. “It’s unlike any other job. You can come and hang out, meet new people and share great wine with them.” -Liam McCormick

We highly recommend a visit next time you are in Sonoma! 

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