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Mauritson Wines

Updated: Jan 12, 2023



  • Right smack dab in the middle of Dry Creek Valley.

  • Easy to spot. Look for the winery with bright red umbrellas.

  • Great place to have a picnic too.

  • Swing by Dry Creek General Store right down the road and grab sandwiches.



  • $30 Per Person and waived with wine purchase.

  • Wines range from $26-$62


Appointment Needed? 

  • No appointment needed.

  • Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • There is also a self-guided walk you can take throughout the property.

Wine Pick

  • I love that Mauritson has a variety of wines to choose from.

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Zin, Cab…and even more options for Wine Club members.

  • I went home with a 2015 Mauritson Zinfandel.

  • Many people rave about the Rockpile Zins too.

Dog Approved

  • Yes

  • The grassy area next to the tasting room is perfect for dogs.


Social Media Worthy

  • I lucked out with an ultimate photo op during Passport To Dry Creek Valley.

  • Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer was at Mauritson signing copies of his cookbook, American Fare.

  • Charlie and Clay Mauritson (owner and winemaker at Mauritson Wines) have been friends for over a decade.


Feel Good Vibes

  • Clay Mauritson’s son was diagnosed with Down Syndrome in 2010.

  • Six months after the diagnosis Clay, his wife Carrie, and dear friend Charlie Palmer collaborated on how to get involved and give back to DSANB (Down Syndrome Association North Bay).

  • Clay is committed to raising awareness and advocating for people with Down Syndrome.

  • The annual event Project Zin was born.

  • 21 of the best zin winemakers in Sonoma County donate.

  • 21 is a key number as it is trisomy 21, the formal name for Down syndrome, which occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21.

  • This will be the 9th year of the event.

  • It is anticipated that 1 million will be raised in 2018.

  • Look carefully on the walls when you visit Mauritson.

  • You’ll see the most cheerful and colorful paintings.

  • Clay’s sister works with artists becoming independent.

  • Mauritson commissioned this particular artist with Down Syndrome.

  • How cute is the sheep drinking wine from a straw?


Wine Nerd Facts

  • From what I gathered while tasting at Mauritson…

  • Clay and wife Carrie nerd out over soil.

  • Makes sense.

  • Clay is a sixth-generation grape grower in Dry Creek Valley.

  • His families first vineyard was planted in 1884.

  • There are 150 years of farming, tending to the land, and winemaking in his DNA.

  • The LOAM series was developed.

  • The focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Identical rootstock, same clone, and same barrel routine.

  • Goal is to keep as many variables the same except for the soil.

  • There are 5 soil types:

  • Suther, Clough, Positas, Josephine and Cole.

  • In the LOAM Series… Suther, Clough, and Positas are made from a few rows grown only in their specific soil type.

  • Loam is a blend of wine from each of the 5 soils.

  • The idea is to taste through the LOAM wines and really sense the terroir expressed in each bottle.

Wine Club? Fun Events?

  • As mentioned above, Project Zin sounds like THE event of the year.

  • Mauritson also has a Rockpile Vineyard Dinner that sounds amazing.

  • Mauritson provides transport from the winery to Rockpile Ridge Vineyards.

  • A three course dinner paired with current release Rockpile Wines awaits guests.

  • I also suggest seeing if Mauritson is participating in Passport, Winterwineland, or Barrel Tasting Weekends. They always put on such a nice event.


 Sheila’s Tasting Notes

  • Back in 2016 my entire family from Oregon came out to visit.

  • We had a Jensen Family Reunion in Sonoma Wine Country.

  • My mom and I went back and forth…

  • Where should we take our crew?

  • Heading to Mauritson was a no brainer.

  • My uncle played for the Oregon Ducks in 1975.

  • Almost every member of my family are Oregon Ducks season ticket holders.

  • We planned our day so we could have lunch at Mauritson and taste.

  • I knew my family would get a kick that winemaker Clay Mauritson was outside linebacker for the Oregon Ducks in the mid 90’s.

  • My family got excited as we drove into the parking lot and saw a few cars with Oregon Duck stickers on the back windshield.

  • Opening a bottle of Mauritson wine takes me back to that hot summer day.

  • Sharing Sonoma County with my family was such a treat.

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