The People Real people making world class wines. Approachable legends. Stewards of the land. Authentic people who identify themselves as farmers who make wine.
The Coast Nearby Pacific Ocean sends on-shore breezes and fog to cool vineyards. Proximity to brisk water creates cooling effect that results in wine textures from structured to silky.
The Fog Fog cools vineyards and develops full flavor maturity of grapes. Cool-climate grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are nurtured by seasonal fog.
The Soil Combination of fractured sandstone and sandy loam create Goldridge soil; ideal for cool climate grapes. Variety of soils foster diversity of wines throughout valley.
Russian River Valley
"What I love most about growing and producing chardonnay in the Russian River Valley is the diversity of the fruit that is grown here. From east to west and north to south, you get completely different fruit, producing different styles of wine, one being lush and rich with texture and the other style being very lean, fruit driven and very lively acid".
- Giovianni Balistreri, Winemaker
In 2011, our family purchased a 21-acre ranch between Starr and Eastside Roads, in the “Middle Reach Neighborhood” of the Russian River Valley that was planted to 10 acres of Pinot Noir vines. We named the property Vineyard eleven. Originally planted to Dijon clones 115 and 828, the vineyard had long history of supplying ultra-premium grapes to wineries like, Patz & Hall, Kosta Brown, Gary Farrell, Evening Land, Orogeny, Paul Hobbs, and Orin Swift.
In 2016 and 2018 we replanted the vineyards two distinct blocks due to the Red Blotch virus. The Heritage Block was replanted in 2016, to the Mt. Eden and Swan clones. The Red Barn Block was replanted in 2018 to the Pommard, Swan, and UV-Vosne- Romanée clones. Vineyard eleven has now become the major fruit source for our wine label (winery) Domaine de la Rivière.
After growing and selling our grapes for several years, a passion for creating our own wines developed. We believe focusing limited production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that truly express the unique characteristics of the Middle Reach Neighborhood in the Russian River Valley.
Domaine de la Rivière is focused on growing and sourcing ultra-premium grapes from exceptional vineyards in the Middle Reach Neighborhood of the Russian River Valley, as we believe wine produced from this region has unique age worthy flavors and characteristics that all will enjoy. Our exclusive vineyard sources Pinot Noir include: Vineyard eleven, Starr Ridge and El Diablo and for Chardonnay: Ritchie, Flora-Marie and Lone Oak.
Our family’s focus is to craft artisanal, limited production hand crafted wines that will create many memorable experiences.
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