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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Walter Hansel Winery

    Walter Hansel Winery is located in Sonoma County at the southern tip of the Russian River Valley ...

  • Ovene Winery

    Ovene Winery produces World Class Central Coast Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvig...

  • Frei Brothers Reserve

      Frei Brothers Reserve is a winery based in Sonoma, California. The grapes are sourced from...

  • J Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Davis Family Vineyards

    Davis Family Vineyards is located on a ridge top in the center of California’s renowned Russian R...

  • Michael Scott Wines

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

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2014

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    Fresh candied cherry and strawberry aromas with sweet baking spice and violet petals on the nose. A bit spicy on entry, this is cool and soft on the palate showing more cherry and strawberry fruit and adding some cranberry, a bit medicinal through the mid palate and nicely earthy and streaked with a hint of tarry minerality towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Following a nice massage in the morning, we spent Friday afternoon doing some ... ... Sauvignon Blanc from the Russian River Valley, which paired nicely with a dozen oysters and then our main courses of swordfish for myself, and raw big-eyed tuna for Sandra.  The After dinner drinks consisted of a Hennessy VSOP for Sandra and I enjoyed a nice ... Read More

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  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Vineyard 2014

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    Perfect pinot for me. Very dark and velvety with a beautiful finish. Bold yet smooth with exquisitely well balanced flavors. Closer to a cabernet than any traditional pinot. Read More

    Wine review by sld1991


  • Hook & Ladder Station Ten 2012

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Flanagan Family Vineyards Chardonnay 'Three Starrs Vineyard' 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Pappietro Perry 777 Clone Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    Again and again.. this Pinot is reserved for extreme Pinot-Files only where I work.!! and they GET IT. How rare and thanks a Million Grapes Ben Pappietro for being a friend. I let them know JUST how approachable you are; and you are a friend. 777 Clones? I am sold out now.!!! Thanks for sharing Ben.. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Rich, deep black cherry aromas that deliver incredible depth of fruit and are only slightly tempered by floral spice. In the mouth, this is decorated with black cherry and red currant notes, a touch of medicine, and baking spice leading up to the oak and smoky wood spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2015

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    Warm, thick fruit forward aromas of baked apple, pear and vanilla caramel with some lemon hiding against the spice. This is a bit thin in the mouth but bursting with acidity, candied lemon drop notes towards the front of the palate, cream and butter towards the back and a warm stone fruit blend of peach and dried apricot welling up at the finish. Read More

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2015

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    Grassy notes of golden berries, lemon zest and peach on the nose. Delicate on entry, this develops a tart acidity through the mid-palate and shows more lemon zest, white peach and blossom notes with a green note of beeswax and cut lawn towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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