Green Valley AVA
Russian River Valley
The Green Valley AVA is a sub AVA of the Russian River Valley and one of the smallest appellations in the Sonoma County. Modern winemaking in this region began in the 1970s, and AVA status was awarded in 1983. The pioneers of this area were told it was too cold for winemaking, but clearly persistence paid off.
In 2007, the name was changed from the original Sonoma County Green Valley AVA to the current Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA, tying the AVA to the region it is a part of. This was also done to distinguish this Green Valley wine region from the Solano County Green Valley AVA located on the other side of Napa Valley.
Located in the southwest part of the Russian River Valley, the Green Valley is the coolest region with fog as its trademark. The cool climate means long growing seasons, and a drawn out ripening process, allowing grapes to retain acidity as they develop. As a whole, the region is tightly delineated both climatically and geographically, being the most consistent north coast appellation in terms of soil, climate, and flavor.
The soils in the Green Valley are predominantly Goldridge soil, the most sought after type in Sonoma County, and are largely based on sand stone. This soil makes up about 60% of the regions soil, and is especially useful for Pinot Noir. Sandy soils are of low fertility and drain easily, limiting vigor in the vines, and making for small clusters of highly concentrated grapes.
The characteristics of the wine region make it a unique region for growing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Other popular Green Valley wines include Syrah, Zinfandel, and sparkling Green Valley wine varieties. There is a wonderful cohesiveness among Green Valley AVA wineries, in which the wines all share a distinctive flair, often distinguishable by their bright, fresh characters, smooth tannins, and intense colors.
In an area with a total of 19,000 acres, 3,600 acres are planted to grapes. The vineyards share this region with apple orchards, which are another cool climate crop. The nine key wineries in this region are: DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton Estate, Dutton-Goldfield, Emeritus Vineyards, Hartford Family Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Marimar Estate, Orogeny, and The Rubin Family of Wines.
We are thrilled to offer our members a variety of wines from this region in our monthly wine subscription club.