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

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • Tremani Russian River Valley Wines

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

  • Enkidu Wine

    Enkidu produces wines primarily from the varieties grown in the Burgundy and Rhone Valley of Fran...

  • Ovene Winery

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

  • Holdredge Wines

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

  • J Vineyards & Winery

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

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  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012

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    Wonderful zin, though not the big & ballsy style that many are used to. This is more refined and elegant than rustic. Plenty of briary blackberry aromas with spice, vanilla aromas, dried red berry filling it out. There is plenty of zip to the content with it's acidity and the tannins frame well. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2014

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    Soft green apple and pear aromas with notes of honey and light floral hints. This is delicate to start, and surprisingly so, but starts to warm up in the mouth imparting more honey-butter notes of white peach, green apple and a fruity, floral finish that does show some restrained oak notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Benovia Martaella Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Prytania Russian River Valley Sonoma County Chardonnay 2014

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    A recent Tasting Room selection; Pale Gold in the glass; opens with Caramel, Cotton Candy, Mint, fresh Bread; Dry, with a full and silky mouth-feel. Very bright, with medium to light oak and smooth minimum Tannins, and high Acidity. Tasting of Moss and Earth, Orange blossoms and Vanilla. Great balance of light Oak and minimal Fruit with an Acid... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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  • Alysian Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard Allen-Rochioli Blocks Russian River Valley 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Limerick Lane Hail Mary 2012

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    From the back label: 94% Syrah/6% Grenache. Dark murky purple in the glass. Very berry nose. Very easy on the tongue and under the palate. Gentle introduction of black raspberry. Some herbalness. Sufficient acidnoticeable, but complementary to the fruit, not dominating. Very gentle on the tannin. Certainly not a powerhouse wine, but t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah 2012

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    Dark purple in the glass as you would expect from a PS. Very fruity noseof dark berries. Big hit of fruit on introductionsweeter than blackberry, more like blueberry. Not a blockbuster PS. Very light on both tannin and acid. More of an easy drinker. Very easily worth the $15 I spent on it. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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