One of the best large wineries in Dry Creek Valley, Ferrari-Carano (8761 Dry Creek Rd., Healdsburg, 707/433-6700, www.ferrari-carano.com , daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $5–35) provides great standard and reserve wines in an upscale tasting room and winery facility. Upstairs you’ll get to taste from Ferrari-Carano’s large menu of large-production, moderately priced whites and reds.
Downstairs, enjoy the elegant lounge area, which includes comfortable seating and a video describing the Ferrari-Carano winemaking process, from grape to glass. Look down into one of the major barrel storage areas, where Ferrari-Carano’s wines age right before your eyes.
And finally, open the glass doors and enter the reserve tasting room, where for an additional fee you can taste the best of Ferrari-Carano’s vintages—smaller runs that are mostly bold, assertive reds.
Back upstairs you can also browse the larger-than-average gift shop for gourmet edible goodies, wine and kitchen gadgets, and Ferrari-Carano logowear.