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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Topolos

    The softly undulating hills of the famed Russian River Valley, caressed by cool blankets of fog a...

  • Zmor Winery

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

  • Hook & Ladder Winery

    In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in th...

  • Holdredge Wines

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

  • Frei Brothers Reserve

    Frei Brothers Reserve was established in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley by Swiss immigrant Andr...

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • Limerick Lane 1023 2012

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    Remarkably smooth entry for such a young wine. Black fruit, but it seems watered down. So, it doesnt smack you in the face. There is also an herbal aspect that is, as much as anything, minty. Smoothness fades mid-palate where a combination of tannin, acid and alcohol seem to give it a roughness. I like this wine and am of the opinion that ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I fall a hell of a lot less these days EMark. ;-)Speaking of falling,  I ... ... of 2010 Cairdean Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay looking for a new home. Open offer, pay shipping and they are yours. Can't beat free. Any takers out ther Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins ... - 2ea 2012 Ribolla Gialla Russian River Valley Skin-fermented, 2014 Ribolla Gialla Russian River Valley (not skin-fermented), 2014 Fiano Russian River Valley "sous-voile"Campesino Cellars - Red Rhones - 2ea 2013 Grenache (Sonoma Valley), 2013 Baybos (Grenache/Syr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Napagirl, you've got it all wrong, that corked wine was still good.... For ... 5 bottles of 2010 Cairdean Russian River Valley Chardonnay. It's really good wine. To someone. You pay shipping and it's yours. I can only deglaze so many pan Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • I wouldn't bother with St Annes Crossing/Naked Wines personally. Besides, ... around the Dry Creek Valley/Russian River Valley/Alexander Valley triangle. So much to try right ther Read More

    Forum post in the topic Recommendations for... by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Hook & Ladder Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2013

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    Picture Perfect Sonoma Coast chard. It has a gentle acidity, a little yeasty, tropical aromas and is soft enough to pair with pork. Love Love Love. Read More

    Wine review by ricthechef


  • Villa Mt. Eden Pinot Noir Grand Reserve Russian River Valley 2010

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    Nicely priced Pinot Noir. Good balance of Fruit and liveliness and acidity, with a bit of smooth milk chocolate and caramel in the finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2013

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    Not a mainstream Zin. This example shows the wine-making flexibility of the grape. In the glass a lot of light passes through the garnet color. On the tongue there is a light hit of red fruitplumbut, also other stone fruitIm thinking apricot. A medium-bodied wine that has good tart acid, and is not terribly tannic. I suspect that this one i... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Frei Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    Light lemon and grapefruit notes. On the palate this is medium to light bodied with notes of melon and lemon, very light hints of spice and muted grassiness, and there are some oaky notes towards the finish. Though there is plenty of acidity and flavor here, it comes with a touch of flabbiness that is still not entirely unwelcome as part of the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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