Step back in time with Eclectic Tours and uncover the fascinating history of Alexander Valley, California. In 1840, Cyrus Alexander arrived in this stunning region, proclaiming it “the brightest and best spot in the world.” It was here that the legacy of winemaking in the valley began.
Join us as we journey through history, following in the footsteps of pioneers like Cyrus Alexander, who received a Mexican land grant of roughly 48 thousand acres and was the first to cultivate vines in this fertile land. Over the years, more settlers arrived, bringing with them a passion for grape-growing. Varieties like Mission grapes, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon found their home here.
The valley saw the birth of its first commercial winery in 1889 with Lone Pine Vineyard. This was followed by Horace Chase’s Red Winery. These milestones marked the start of a tradition passed down through generations.
Despite the challenges of Prohibition, the spirit of winemaking persevered. Today we celebrate the resilience of Alexander Valley wineries that emerged stronger after those trying times.
Meet modern legends like Rodney Strong and the Young family, who have continued to shape the valley’s wine scene. Rodney Strong’s pioneering spirit led to world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Young family’s commitment to wine grapes spans 150 years.
Alexander Valley has transformed into a wine haven. Eclectic Tours is proud to be part of this thriving community of family farmers dedicated to sustainable farming practices and producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.
Embark on a journey through history, culture, and the finest wines with Eclectic Tours. Book your unforgettable winery tour today and become a part of this remarkable legacy.