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Russian River Valley


Land of the Pinot, Home of the Brave

Pinot fans rejoice! We put the capital P on Pinot. Our ambitious farmers and innovative winemakers excel at showcasing this diverse appellation. Segmented into sub-regions known as neighborhoods, discover why Russian River Valley is the home of world-class Pinot Noir. Join us and learn about the nuances in wines from our various neighborhoods by exploring the Russian River Valley and tasting our wines - from home or in-person. Pinot and beyond.

“The goal of the neighborhood initiative is to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the Russian River AVA...We are seeking to explain the varying complex and sophisticated wine profiles coming out of this special region.” Chris Donatiello

Director - Russian River Valley Winegrowers

Our Russian River Valley neighborhoods stretch from Sebastopol to Santa Rosa and Forestville to Healdsburg. The valley’s superb growing conditions result in wines of uncommon depth and richness that maintain bright, natural acidity. Wines from each neighborhood exhibit specific characteristics including unique aromas and textures that celebrate the variety of this premier Russian River Valley region.

Laguna Ridge

South of the Russian River near Forestville, this sub-region overlooks the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Pioneering winemaker Joseph Swan was the first to plant Pinot here. Goldridge and Altamont soils meet cool temperatures to create lush, high-quality Pinot Noirs with enough tannins to provide structure and ageability, among others.

Laguna Ridge Wineries

Middle Reach

Near southern Healdsburg and Dry Creek Valley, Middle Reach is closest to the Russian River itself. Some of the oldest grapevines of the appellation still bear fruit today. Wines tend to be textured with ripe flavors and are less aromatic.

Middle Reach Wineries

Santa Rosa Plain

Closest to Santa Rosa on the east side of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, this sub-region is best known for the valley's oldest plantings of Zinfandel. Shale, sandstone and clay soils yield spicy, raspberry influenced Zinfandels and more.

Santa Rosa Plain Wineries

Sebastopol Hills

Coolest sub-region of Russian River Valley. Sebastopol Hills spans east and west around the southwest portion of the town of Sebastopol. Soil type is mostly Goldridge. Find acclaimed full-bodied Pinot with just the right amount of acidity.

Sebastopol Hills Wineries

Green Valley

South of Forestville and north of Sebastopol, Green Valley includes the towns of Graton and Occidental. The only Russian River Valley sub-region designated as its own AVA, Goldridge soil yields Pinots with ripe tannins, high acids, and luxurious mouth-feel.

Green Valley Wineries
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