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...

  • 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

  • Adler Fels Winery

    Adler Fels Winery was founded in Sonoma Valley in 1979 by David and Ayn Coleman. The winery soon ...

  • Zmor Winery

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

  • Hartford Court

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

  • Hunter Wine Cellars, LLC

    Chasseur Wines is dedicated to small lot, hand-crafted wines in the old French tradition with emp...

  • River Road Vineyards

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

  • Peters Family Winery

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

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... 1999 Russian River Valley Vine Hill Chardonnay  |  1 in stock  |  $69.99 Kistler 1999 Sonoma Chardonnay Kistler Vineard Cuvee Cathleen  |  1 in stock  |  $59.99 Kistler 2002 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard  |  1 in stock  |  $79.99 Kistler 2002 Sonoma K... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Gamba Old Vines Zinfandel Starr Road Ranch Russian River 2011

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    Wine review by anchca


  • J Vineyards Vin Gris Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013

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    Red cherry, red currant and lightly floral green herb notes greet the nose. Smooth, supple and seamless in the mouth, this is slinky and focused with a nice array of slightly jammy red fruits but for my palate it trades in refreshing drinkability for some of that suppleness. theres a lovely pop of minerality and detail on the backend, with just ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oy.. Julia.. funny thing.  When I started on Snooth back in 2009, I was into Napa Cabs  (I still appreciate them!)  But I am now truly Sonomagirl!  I love pinot... sonoma coast for the most part, russian river, etc.  I also love Rhone varietals...   Mourvedre, Cinsault,  other red or white blends..  I drink rose, many white blends, syrahs that l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs


  • I enjoyed a few glasses of this 2010 Paradise Ridge Red Blend 'The ... ... ... have been nice, but this Russian River Valley Syrah blend (35% Syrah, 31% Petite Sirah, 29% Zinfandel, and 5% Merlot) was quite tasty.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2012

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    Wine review by MissTania


  • Dumol Pinot Noir Green Valley Ryan 2005

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as ... the four hour trek over to Russian River Valley. We were staying at the Raford Inn B&B, and we decided to start tasting as soon as we arrived. Google Maps had us going down Westside Road, so we hit as many tasting rooms as we could before arriving at the Raford ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • Alysian Pinot Noir Floodgate Vineyard Rock Hill 2008

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    3rd year in a row we've enjoyed this bottle on the day we were Married and ever time this Pinot Noir is outstanding. Soothing, medium to full bodied, with a finish that leaves you yearning for more. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Scherrer Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010

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    2010 Vintage. Fred does it again. Every Scherrer pinot I've had has been spot on, this was no exception. Fresh black, red and bing cherries balanced with notes of cola, racy acidity and a touch of black tea. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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