It’s mind-boggling to imagine what the ex-fur trapper Cyrus Alexander might have seen when he managed a stock cattle ranch operation on Rancho Sotoyome in the 1840’s. The pristine 48,000 acres, part of a Mexican Land Grant, spanned as far as the eye could see, extending to the Russian River and through the present day town of Healdsburg. Years later, the valley would later be named in honor of Alexander who reportedly said, “it was the best and brightest spot in the world.” Cyrus Alexander Bio
To the casual wine day-tripper, time appears to have stood still in the sleepy remote valley. The winding country roads meander aimlessly, dotted with small farms and vineyards at every turn.
A great way to experience the back roads of Alexander Valley is from The Wine Carriage, a half day guided horse carriage ride through the vineyards. The Wine Carriage provides an up close and personal view literally between the vines starting at Alexander Valley Winery and ending with the estate’s wine caves. Owner and tour guide extraordinaire, Bret LeRolland, is an animated story-teller, bringing the colorful history of Alexander Valley alive. [Read more…]