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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Enkidu Wine

    Enkidu produces wines primarily from the varieties grown in the Burgundy and Rhone Valley of Fran...

  • Carlisle Winery

    Welcome to Carlisle Winery & Vineyards! We are a small Sonoma County winery specializing in the ...

  • C. Donatiello Winery

    A visit to our estate is a retreat from the mundane, a respite of beauty, harmony, and excellence...

  • uptick vineyards

    UPTick Vineyards is family owned and located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, Califo...

  • Hartford Court

    High Personality Wines Making delicious wines of high personality is directly related to the dif...

  • Zmor Winery

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

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • Paul Hobbs 'Russian River' Pinot Noir 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by jamlani

  • Scherrer Winery Syrah Calypso Vineyard 2008


    Another great offering from Scherrer. This is not your big jammy syrah, but a southern Rhone style, slightly spicy, slightly acidic, bright red fruit kind of syrah. Great balance, fantastic red and blue fresh fruit, nice mouth feel, light to medium tannin and a really nice finish. Can't go wrong here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Von Holt Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010


    Voluptuous and big mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Yeah D, I got a couple:2007 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du ... Co. ... Co. Syrah Lauterbach Hill Russian River Valley 2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast 2008 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Old Lakeville Vineyard 2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Pleine de Chene Hudson Vineyard2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Sonoma Co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere

  • To: GREGTI am sorry that I am new to the forum.  The person who flamed me ... ... have a condo in Windsor (Russian River Valley) that could accommodate another wine-lover!  (Especially someone who likes Saintsbury as much as we do!)  Let us know more about you and we may be able to accommodate a wine weekend!  (I don[t know if this website pro... Read More

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  • Peter Paul Wines Russian River Chardonnay 2010


    First impression is ripe peach and mango, nice viscous mouth feel, medium-low acidity and a medium finish. Not as layered or complex as I expect from this price point. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Mac Murray Ranch Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012


    A bit chalky on the nose with a bit of obvious sulphur that covers the base of gently spiced apple and pineapple fruit. Bright and juicy in the mouth, theres a nice core of apple fruit here, though it is rather one dimensional with some very gentle wood spice adding nuance on the backend. This is a bit sweet in the mouth, and falls flat on the s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Lake Sonoma Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2011


    Caramel, vanilla and creme brulee grace the nose here along with some fennel seed and melony fruit. Broad, supple and yet juicy in the mouth ,this delivers some lovely green apple and melon flavors along with a fair dose of the caramel and creme brulee from the nose. Its an open, easy drinking style that is fruit forward but with refreshing acid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Frei Brothers Reserve Chardonnay 2011


    A bit subdued on the nose with a nice core of pineapple and lime zest fruit overlaid with spicy, sweet, slightly marshmallowy oak. A bit soft on entry, then this turns fairly firm in the mouth with a nice spine of acid lending freshness to apple and almost peachy fruit that is wrapped in caramel and creme brulee accents. theres a hint of creamin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Federalist Chardonnay 2010


    Quite elegant on the nose with flowers, apples and the perfume of well measured oak all come together in harmony. Bright, clean and fresh if ever so slight sweet on entry, this is a bit of a simple Chardonnay with attractive apple fruit and hints of almond and honeycomb oak adding appealing contrast but where it really wins is texturally. Both ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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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