Fritz Underground Winery
Driving along in the gorgeous, pristine northern end of Dry Creek Valley, the approach to Fritz Underground Winery, along a private driveway, across a little bridge, and then up- ends in an architectural wonder: this Gaudi-inspired winery building, portions underground, looks a bit like something one would find in Barcelona, not on lovely hillside with gardens above a small pond in the countryside in northern Sonoma County. Fritz, though secluded, is not off the beaten-track- it is handily located for folks bridging their winery visits from the northern Alexander Valley (like Silver Oak and Souverain) on over to the Dry Creek Valley by way of Dutcher Creek Road.
Fritz focuses on sustainability, gravity flow, the importance of terroir, and natural ways to get the job done. If you arrive on a weekend, be sure to give a call ahead to arrange for an Underground Winery Tour in addition to your tasting, joining up with the Underground Wine Clubs and picnic on the terrace outside the TR or over underneath the oak trees overlooking the estate. On a recent visit there were repeat guests all the way from Germany who shared the name “Fritz”- they purchased wine to bring back home as a tasty remembrance of their time at their favorite spot.
The Patio is often the site of some fantastic Fritz wine and food pairings; recently, Pigs & Paella, more recently, Pizza on the Patio. These Events are open to guests and Wine Clubbers, but Wine Clubbers have yet another perk of membership here: getting in free!