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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Peters Family Winery

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

  • Tremani Russian River Valley Wines

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

  • Zmor Winery

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

  • Oriel

    “...What if you could walk into any wine store or restaurant and select a wine from any of nine c...

  • River Road Vineyards

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

  • J Vineyards & Winery

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

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • This morning I was pontificating in the coffee shop about wine bottle labeling. ... labeling a bottle as "Russian River Valley" and, then, being caught for selling a wine that was, say, 50% RRV and 50% Central Coast--or, gasp, 100% Central Coast.So, what organization is responsible for verifying the veracity of wine labels? Has anybody ever hea... Read More

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  • Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Russian River Pinot Noir 2013


    Burghounds not Pinotfiles please enjoy this wine. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Papapierto Perry Pommard Clones Russian River 2013


    What North Palm wants from a great Pommard Pinot 5/2016 Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Russian River Pinot Noir 2013


    Pinot Files beware of this amazing creation by Ben. Worthy of a crown if you love DRC I assure. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Davis Bynum Jane's Vineyard Dijon Clone 777 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2013


    Violet petal and cinnamon notes on the nose with aromas of ripe cherry blossom and hints of red licorice. Turns a little more herbal in the mouth, showing earthy streaks of tar, cedar and more ripe cherry and cranberry notes demonstrating a good fruit core and a fresh acidity throughout that ends on a stony, earthy note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Last night was an evening of watching last season's Game of Thrones series ... ... Lagomarsino Vineyard in Russian River Valley was our favorite.Today we head out for another play in the distric Read More

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  • Limerick Lane Syrah Grenache 2013


    Flowery nosegeranium, violet. Combination of fruit and pepper on entryblueberry, plum with spiciness. The wine washes very nicely over the tongue. To my way of thinking, amazingly balanced fruit/tannin/acidI get all three, but none dominate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • La Crema Virtuoso Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014


    Beautiful aromas of dark black cherry and ripe plum, this is perfectly round and spiced and full. A delicately herbal note of eucalyptus comes through amidst elegant fruit notes of cherry and mixed berry, a pop of luscious fruit that turns slightly tart towards the finish imparting a hint of licorice, cranberry and cinnamon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... the Forestville area of the Russian River Valley) is superb for growing Zinfandel, a tradition we’ve maintained with old-school, head-pruned viticulture. Once and Future Zinfandel is crafted from the 128-year-old vines planted by George Hearst. The wines have an ... Read More

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  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Chenoweth Ranch 2011


    Lots of fruit on entryblack cherry and, maybe, black raspberry or blueberry hiding underneathwith some serious fruity sweetness. Some spiciness mid- to rear palateblack pepper. Some alcoholic heat, again, towards the back of the palate. Alcohol may be adding to the sweetness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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