Ten or so miles south of Cloverdale and seven miles north of Healdsburg lies the town of Geyserville (population 2,100). It is a peaceful, colorful community with the feel of an earlier age. Geyserville’s main street was once Hwy 101, but since the highway was moved west, the town is now much quieter. Geyserville is rich in wineries, family restaurants and bed and breakfast inns and is a pleasant place to bicycle, picnic or go canoeing on the Russian River.
There are many wineries in the area, and most have tasting rooms that are open to the public. Wine tasting in the Geyserville area tends to be relaxed and unhurried, which makes it easy to learn about the extremely fine wines produced there. See our wine section starting on page 15.
Geyserville shares the Alexander Valley appellation with its neighboring community to the south, Healdsburg. The valley is named after Cyrus Alexander, the first Euro-American settler in the area. In 1841, Alexander established a ranch with horses, cattle, orchards and wheat. One of his adobe buildings is still standing behind the Victorian home at Alexander Valley Vineyards.
Geyserville was formerly known as Clairville Station, but its name was changed when the geysers and hot springs were discovered in the hills east of town in the mid 1800s. The first house in Geyserville was built in 1851.
Each year Geyserville hosts a Fall Colors Festival during the last week of October when the vineyards are bright with autumn colors. The festival includes the sampling of local wines, a dinner that features fine Sonoma County produce, a barn dance, giant pumpkin and prettiest grape leaf contests and more. It is a celebration of the agricultural bounty that has always sustained this community.
Before the wine boom of the 1970s, Geyserville was well-known for prunes, grapes, pears and apples. Mild weather is partly responsible for the area’s abundance and Geyserville enjoys an average seasonal rainfall of 42 inches. For more information, contact the Geyserville Chamber of Commerce at (707) 857-3745.