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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • La Crema Winery

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

  • Pax Wine Cellars

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

  • Balletto Vineyards & Winery

    2001 was the first vintage for our winery. As grape growers first, we strongly feel that with ...

  • Zmor Winery

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

  • River Road Vineyards

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

  • Peters Family Winery

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

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Russian River Valley on Snooth

  • J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé 2004

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    Wine review by Jerry Brenner


  • Deloach Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

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    A very respectable low-dollar PN. Pretty garnet color. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Initial "sweetness" is ameliorated by nice, tart acid.Quite light-bodied, A touch of heat under the rear palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Syrah 'Headpruned Block' 2014

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    Very lean wine. Suggestion of black fruit, but only a suggestion, Also, suggestion of anise and of clove. Moderate tannins and acids. Fairly short finish. Interesting but not compelling wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Kenwood Pinot Noir Six Ridges 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by donealrice


  • Windracer Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2014

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    Good Thanks Read More

    Wine review by warrendavidking


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel 2014

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    Very nice refreshing wine. Not too heavy on the red fruit on entry. Some spice--clove. Not terribly full-bodied. Most tannins. Very nice tart acid. Something of a retro-nasal red cherry sensation. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • A couple of Pax Syrah's hit the door today:L - The 2015 Castelli Knight Ranch Russian River Valley Syrah R - The 2015 "Griffin's Lair" Sonoma County Syrah Read More

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  • Sojourn Russian River Pinot Noir 2015

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    Bright red color. Cherry on the tongue--more black than red--and, maybe, plum. Some salinity, mid-palate. Medium-bodied. Good tartness. An OK wine, but, again, not aspirational. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Carlisle Russian River Valley Syrah Papa's Block 2014

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    Red Plum color. Dark fruit on the nose. Blackberry on the tip of the tongue. Nice tartness. Moderate tannin. Some heat. Fairly lengthy aftertaste with an herbal suggestion Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Limerick Lane Russian River Valley Syrah Grenache Blend 2015

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    Unpretentious berry fruit on entryblueberry, blackberry. Slight suggestion of vanilla. After the initial impressions it moves towards savory. Nice full-bodied wine. Sturdy tannins. Acid makes it very drinkable and, along with the tannin, suggests improvement from more sideways resting. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Don't miss the Trousseau Gris from Fanucchi Vineyards!

    Comment by 1165994Thomas C 1165994 Thomas C


  • My favorite Vineyard in Russian River in The Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard.

    Comment by 806255Luciano L 806255 Luciano L


  • Our favorite discovery is Fanucchi Vineyards!

    Comment by 565487Jo Kelly 565487 Jo Kelly


  • Love the place. Thanks everyone.

    Comment by 518791RaguilarCAT 518791 RaguilarCAT


  • This Saturday June 5th 2010 is Single Night in the Russian River Valley at C Donatello Winery. 6:30 - 10:00pm Single Vineyard tastings from the following wineries: Acorn Winery Ancient Oak Cellars Balletto Vineyards Benovia Winery D&L Carinalli Dutton-Goldfield Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Foppiano Vineyards Foppoli Wines Graton R...

    Comment by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


  • Just had a 2008 Saralee's Vineyard Joseph Swan Chardonnay..not my style usually...barrel fermented, 100% Malo, but it was so well put together. Really delicious.

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