Davis Family Vineyards – Elegant Wines With a Russian River View

Davis Family Vineyards was founded in 1997 by Guy and Judy Davis. They remain at the helm today, managing the winery alongside their sons, Cole and Cooper Davis. Located in south Healdsburg, Davis Family Vineyards specializes in small-batch wines produced using environmentally friendly growing techniques. Their grapes are sourced from a number of vineyards around Sonoma County, including their estate vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard in Occidental and Campbell Ranch in Annapolis. Single-vineyard Pinot Noir makes up the bulk of their collection, as well as a wide variety of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.

Planning Your Visit

Davis Family’s tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. You can make a reservation to visit by emailing Reservations@daviswines.com. However, reservations are not required, and drop-ins will be accommodated if possible. We were able to drop-in without a reservation on a Sunday around noon.  

Some guests were dressed up, while others were dressed casually, so you will not stick out no matter what you wear. There’s plenty of areas to take photos, as well as a bocce ball court if you are feeling sporty. The winery is not currently serving food, but you are welcome to bring your own food to enjoy alongside your wine.

Davis Family Vineyards is currently abiding by all CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, which includes requiring all staff and customers to wear masks when not seated at their table. 

Tasting Room and Garden

The indoor tasting area is not currently open due to COVID-19, so all guests are seated outside. During our visit, we sat at picnic tables overlooking the Russian River.

Adjacent to the seating area is a large organic garden. During our visit, late summer produce dripped from the plants, including peppers, beans and tomatoes. A goddess statue watches over the property, sheltering three oak wine barrels in her dress.

View overlooking the Russian River from the tasting room
Bocce ball court by the tasting room
Garden with goddess statue
Davis Family Vineyards tasting room

Wine Tasting

Three tasting menus were offered at the time of our visit: The Classic Tasting, The “Interesting Whites” Tasting and The “In Guy We Trust” Tasting.

Matt had the Classic Tasting while Adrienne had the “Interesting Whites” Tasting. “In Guy We Trust”, a guided, educational tasting by the head winemaker, was unfortunately not available during our visit. Our hostess recommended to come back outside of the busy harvest season when Guy is more likely to be around.

Here is what was included in each of our tastings:

Classic Tasting – $30 Tasting Fee

  1. 2015 Blanc de Noir – $65 (50% off at the time of our visit). Made from Pinot Noir grapes using Methode Champenoise and aged for 36 months. Bright and floral, delicate bubbles, citrus and cranberry notes on the palate with mouth-watering acidity and an extended finish. 
  2. 2019 Cote Rosé – $32. Rhone-style blend of Mourvedre and Grenache. Notes of strawberry, watermelon and cucumber. 
  3. 2017 Pinot Noir – Soul Patch – $65. Prominent fruit notes of raspberry and blackberry with well-balanced minerality and acidity. Aged in a mix of new and old French oak barrels for 10 months. 
  4. 2017 Syrah – $42. Medium tannin with notes of dark fruit, fresh pepper and smoke.
  5. 2015 CAB 5 – $65. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot & Petit Verdot. Full bodied, concentrated fruit flavor with deep tannins. Each grape varietal is separately aged in French oak and blended Bordeaux-style. 

Interesting Whites – $15 Tasting Fee

  1. 2015 Blanc de Noir – see above tasting notes. 
  2. 2019 Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc – $32. High acid, notes of citrus and sour candy, light minerality with an extended finish. 
  3. 2018 Cuvee Luke – $32. Blend of 48% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne and 17% Viognier. Savory aromas of bacon and butter with delicate pear and floral notes. Predominant flavors of tropical fruit balanced with light salinity and minerality. 
  4. 2018 Chardonnay – $38. Classic, lightly-oaked chardonnay with notes of green apple and vanilla. 

We left with a bottle of the Cote Rosé and Cuvee Luke. The Pinot Noir also stood out, but was a bit outside our price range. The tasting fee is waived with the purchase of a bottle, so picking up one each to cover our tasting fees was a no-brainer. 

Matt sampling the Blanc de Noir
Adrienne sampling the Blanc de Noir
October 2020 tasting menu
We left with a bottle of 2018 Cuvee Luke and 2019 Cote Rosé

Final Thoughts

Davis Family Vineyards is the perfect winery to stop in on a casual trip to Healsburg. The wines were delicious and unique and you could tell that there is a lot of hard work and love going into their production. We thought that their wines are well-priced, especially considering the extra cost that goes into sustainable wine production. Service was a bit slow (There were only one or two people working) but that just gave us more time to savor the wines enjoy the lovely river view. 

If you aren’t able to make it to the tasting room, you can purchase Davis Family wines online at http://www.davisfamilyvineyards.com/order_form.php. The winery also offers a wine club, where 6 bottles are curated and shipped to your door a few times a year when new wines are released. Wine club membership also includes tickets to special events at the winery. 

If you’re looking for more wine tasting to do in the area, we recommend Ridge Vineyards and Korbel Champagne Cellars. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, our favorites are Bravas Tapas or Noble Folk ice cream.

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