My wife and I love spending time in Northern California to visit Napa and Sonoma. Last weekend, during our stay at Solage in Calistoga, we decided to visit some smaller, less touristy wineries, and came across a recently opened tasting room at Chateau Diana – a true gem.
Taking the winding road through the Alexander Valley, we arrived in Healdsburg after a beautiful 30 minute drive. Passing Geyser Peak we turned left on Dry Creek Road and arrived at Chateau Diana after a short mile. We were welcomed by the tasting room director Teri like we were family, even though we had not made reservations.She told us about the history of the dry creek valley, of the property and of the Chateau Diana winery while we sampled several wines, paired with chocolates made locally in Healdsburg. Instead of a limited tasting with 3 or 5 wines, Teri asked us to choose from their daily selection. We asked her to pick for us. To start, Teri recommended the varietals of the Chateau Diana Black Oak brand as an approachable everyday table wine. We loved the next step up, the LeBaron Ranch “3 sisters” Zinfandel named after the property owners in the early 20th century. The 1221 Cabernet Cuvee was equally pleasing. The highlight was the Chateau Diana 707 Wine. We enjoyed the complex, full-bodied wine, while sitting on the patio overlooking the picturesque Dry Creek Valley.
If you are looking to have a personal experience off-the-beaten-path, combined with a broad wine selection while visiting Napa-Valley or Sonoma, you should take a quick drive to Chateau Diana winery and tasting room.