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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Tremani Russian River Valley Wines

    Tremani Vineyards is a partnership formed in 1997 by the Hansen family – sisters, Barbara and Dia...

  • Michael Scott Wines

    Limited Production Award-Winning Wines (Cabernet & Zinfandel)  from Napa and Sonoma!   http://w...

  • Holdredge Wines

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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • J Vineyards & Winery

    A 25-year legacy of making exceptional wines to inspire in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley...

  • La Crema Winery

    La Crema was founded in 1979 and quickly established itself as a pioneer for intensely flavored C...

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2015


    This wine and I were both #81 in 2017. The wine, #81 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017, and myself, #81 of 264 in the Spartan Race Sacramento 2017. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Does anyone know anything about River Road Winery in Sonoma. I've picked up ... ... Stephanie's Vineyard Russian River Valley. Thinking of giving it a try. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...

  • Jordan Chardonnay 2015


    Rich buttery aromas of green apple, peach, dried apricot, melon and vanilla. Smooth and full bodied on the palate, refreshing with an excellent heft of vanilla bean, toasted oak and fruit flavors of green apple, pear and melon, a touch of lemon as well with a finish of smoky oak. Creamy, zesty, generous and full flavored. 91 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Vintjs Russian River Valley Sonoma County Arneis 2016


    Bold round citrus - pomello, red orange, grapefruit, becomes brighter and greener at the end, like kiwi and fingered citron. Medium ending. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache 2013


    Similar to my notes a year and a half ago. Very bright fruit--plum, blueberry, red cherry--on the tip of the tongue. Enough tannin to convince me this is wine--not fruit juice--balanced by good acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • EM - Good to hear there is a good Tannat out there.  We have a few in our ... ... I think the St. Francis Russian River Valley bottle was the best, but I don't remember all of us agreeing on one bottle being the best.  Sandra and I brought the Medlock Ames (two of them, as one was a prize bottle) and the Garrison Creek cabs.  The event on Fac... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Foppiano Vineyards Estate Bottled Petite Sirah Russian River Valley 2013


    Better than Silver Oak. For 85%less. Cant beat it!!!!!! Read More

    Wine review by PapaJoe09

  • Acorn Alegria Vineyards Heritage Vines Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2014


    Candied raspberry and strawberry aromas with a concentrated cherry preserve note and mixed berry frosting. Dry and earthy but still with loads of fruit, this is well made with creamy palate and textured tannins coming through towards the finish of cranberry and clove. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014


    Spicy cinnamon and vanilla bean aromas with chocolate cherry and mineral earth. Loads of dark berry flavors with cherry, fizzy cola and fresh spice - berry approachable and pleasant with a creamy texture to the finish and assertive but gentle tannins. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hook and Ladder Tillerman Red Blend 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Marlowes

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