Russian River Valley AVA
Sonoma, North Coast
Located in Sonoma County, California, the Russian River Valley AVA gained formal recognition in 1983 and was later expanded in 2005. The area which covers over 150 square miles, stretches between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa on the Southern end and Forestville and Healdsburg on the north. All the vineyards of the Russian River Valley share a characteristically cool climate that is heavily influenced by fog from the Pacific Ocean.
Some of the most successful varietals of the area those that thrive in cool climates like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which represents about 40% of all the grapes grown in the region. In addition to those grapes, the area also produces Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Gris as well as a respected late Harvest Gewurztraminer.
The winemakers of the area identify with a number of different neighborhoods within the Russian River Valley appellation. These neighborhood include Middle Reach (in the north closest to Healdsburg) Laguna Ridge (south near Forestville) Santa Rosa Plain (flatlands near the town of Santa Rosa) Green Valley (north of Sebastopol) and Sebastopol Hills (running east and west of the town of Sebastopol).
The Russian River Valley wines have been featured in all six of all monthly wine clubs. If you love Pinot Noir, you really need to join our Pinot Noir Club. Numerous highly-rated, exceptional monthly selections come from this region.
Occidental Road Cellars
Consistently awarded with top medals and lofty ratings
With an inspiration to continue a long-standing farming tradition, Occ ...Read more...
Longtime Pinot Noir growers in Sonoma's standout Green Valley region, Jim and Mary O'Connor finally achieve their winemaking dreams with the start of their own small, family winery
Perhaps one of the tiniest Pinot Noir producers in the Russian River V ...Read more...
Square Peg Winery
A promising newcomer dedicated to crafting terroir-driven, Burgundian-style wines
Square Peg Winery is a small, family-owned business dedicated to produ ...Read more...
Two winemaker/grower friends team up to craft premium, small-lot Pinot Noir
Established in 2012 by friends Craig Strehlow and Alan Campbell, Camlo ...Read more...