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

  • 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

  • Lynmar Winery

    Lynmar Estate is a premium producer of estate-grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonn...

  • Peters Family Winery

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

  • Pax Wine Cellars

    Launched with its 2000 vintage, the focus of Pax Wine Cellars is to produce the best vineyard-des...

  • Dumol Wine Company

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

  • uptick vineyards

    UPTick Vineyards is family owned and located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, Califo...

  • Athair Wines

    In keeping with our Irish heritage and strong family traditions, we chose the name ATHAIR, the Ga...

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • Bedrock Wine Company Dolinsek Ranch Heritage 2013

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    More blue than red purple color. Lots of black fruit on entryblackberry, black plum that may be a tad overripe, and there may be a suggestion of blueberry. Surprisingly, this wine is not as full-bodied as I might have guessed. It is, in fact, far from full-boded. Very sedate tannins. A touch of bitterness on the rear palate, but that is gon... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Esa Pekka Salonen is one of the great musicians of our day.   Have fun.Was ... Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian RIver Valley, Sonoma Valle Read More

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  • Merriam Vineyards Merlot Russian River Valley Windacre 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jacobson52


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Who Monitors Labels?


  • Papapietro Perry 777 Clones Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    Burghounds not Pinotfiles please enjoy this wine. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Papapierto Perry Pommard Clones Russian River 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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


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