Russian River Valley Wine

The Russian River Valley is the most southerly AVA within Northern Sonoma. It is named for the influx of Russian immigrants who, between 1812 and 1841, settled along the Sonoma coast, establishing agricultural businesses including the planting of wine grapes. Beginning at Fort Ross they moved up to Sebastopol, Graton and Freestone, eventually settling in what would become Russian River Valley.

Most of the Russian settlers abandoned the area by 1841, but other settlers had already migrated there and continued to support viticultural plantings. By the 1870s, the wine industry began to take hold and companies such as the Santa Rosa Wine Company, Martini and Prati, Korbel Cellars and Foppiano established longstanding wineries. 
The Prohibition was a devastating blow to the region, but there were some survival techniques employed by certain wineries to get around the problem. The Alicante-Bouchet grape from Europe, know for its unique teinturier (naturally dark, heavily pigmented juice without Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Russian River Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

Subregions of Russian River Valley

  • Green Valley

      The Green Valley AVA is in the west corner of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma, in Calif...

Popular Wineries in Russian River Valley View all

  • DeLoach Vineyards

    DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoac...

  • Maboroshi Vineyard and Wine Estates

    We made up our minds one day to give up our comfortable lifestyle and leave Japan in order to try...

  • River Road Vineyards

    River Road Vineyards started in 1976 with the purchase of a 78 acre Chardonnay Vineyard on River ...

  • Zmor Winery

    From 1985 to 1995, Daniel Moore’s ZMOORE winery was known as the preeminent New World benchmark i...

  • Holdredge Wines

    Holdredge Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery in the Russian River Valley of Heald...

  • Peters Family Winery

    Peters Family Winery is dedicated to producing compelling, extraordinary wines which reflect thei...

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2015


    Grassy notes of golden berries, lemon zest and peach on the nose. Delicate on entry, this develops a tart acidity through the mid-palate and shows more lemon zest, white peach and blossom notes with a green note of beeswax and cut lawn towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • J Vineyards Cuvee 20 Premier NV


    Lemon, pear and green apple fruit aromas with soft biscuit notes and a touch of cream. Pleasant mousse in the mouth with honeyed apple and tart pear notes with more lemon and grapefruit notes blossoming towards the finish that lingers for quite a while with notes of pineapple and vanilla cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Limerick Lane Zinfandel Rocky Knoll 2013


    Reddish purple color. Bright nose of stone fruit. Sure enough, serious ripe red plum flavor on the tip of the tongue. Some hint of bitter spiceclove-like. However, that may be the tannin. This is, pretty much, a tannic beast. However, it also has nice tart acid. I am seriously liking this wine, right now. However, the tannin and acid com... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Siduri Pinot Noir Keefer Vyd Russian River 2012


    I Love Keefer and the Garnet color and the clarity was best best, meaning the wine was 100% One of the most gorgeous wines of color and clarity I have ever seen. Thanks Adam Lee and Peter Cargassachi and Mr. and Mrs. Seifert for making this happen.(table 21). 09/02/2016 Pinot-file Cronicals. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2013


    Has this wine for the first time last night and have been chasing after it all day. Just delightful wine. Crisp and Clean Wish I could buy it at Total Wine or Bev Mo. Read More

    Wine review by hansen01

  • Deloach Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2014


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  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012


    Wonderful zin, though not the big & ballsy style that many are used to. This is more refined and elegant than rustic. Plenty of briary blackberry aromas with spice, vanilla aromas, dried red berry filling it out. There is plenty of zip to the content with it's acidity and the tannins frame well. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012


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  • Don't miss the Trousseau Gris from Fanucchi Vineyards!

    Comment by 1165994Thomas C 1165994 Thomas C

  • My favorite Vineyard in Russian River in The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard.

    Comment by 806255Luciano L 806255 Luciano L

  • Our favorite discovery is Fanucchi Vineyards!

    Comment by 565487Jo Kelly 565487 Jo Kelly

  • Love the place. Thanks everyone.

    Comment by 518791RaguilarCAT 518791 RaguilarCAT

  • This Saturday June 5th 2010 is Single Night in the Russian River Valley at C Donatello Winery. 6:30 - 10:00pm Single Vineyard tastings from the following wineries: Acorn Winery Ancient Oak Cellars Balletto Vineyards Benovia Winery D&L Carinalli Dutton-Goldfield Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Foppiano Vineyards Foppoli Wines Graton R...

    Comment by 324443outthere 324443 outthere

  • Just had a 2008 Saralee's Vineyard Joseph Swan Chardonnay..not my style usually...barrel fermented, 100% Malo, but it was so well put together. Really delicious.

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