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Our Mission

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) is a nonprofit 501 (c) 6 marketing and educational association dedicated to promoting the Russian River Valley as the premier region for growing cool climate grapes while producing wines that showcase the diversity of the AVA’s six neighborhoods. Generations of farmers and winemakers here are continuing a long legacy of producing distinctive wines of exceptional quality, authenticity, and integrity. They take seriously their responsibility to be good stewards of the land that sustains them through environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically feasible practices.

It’s a legacy that began in the 19th century when immigrants from Mediterranean countries settled in the Russian River Valley and began planting vines. While most vineyards were "gardens" for personal family consumption, commercial wineries sprang up, and by the dawn of the 20th century there were nearly 200 wineries operating.

Board Members


Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery

Grower – 2nd Term: 2019-2021
1st Vice President Jim Sturgeon, La Crema Winery At-Large, Winery – 2nd Term: 2019-2021
2nd Vice President Clark Lystra, Betty Ann Vineyard Grower – 1st Term: 2018-2020
Treasurer Michelle Ausburn, BPM CPA (Appointed) – 1st Term: 2018-2020
Secretary Carol Kozlowski-Every, Kozlowski Farms Appointed Secretary – Past Board Director


Chris Crispo, Bush Crispo Vineyards

Grower – 2nd Term: 2018-2020

Joe Foppoli, Christopher Creek Winery Winery-2nd Term: 2019-2021
Gio Balistreri, Russian River Vineyards
Grower – 3rd Term: 2020-2022
Tom Fredericks, Trenton View Vineyards Grower – 3rd Term: 2018-2020
Donald Patz, Maritana Vineyards Winery-1st Term: 2020-2022
Kim Pasquali, Landmark Vineyards Winery, At-Large – 1st Term: 2018-2020
Jake Martini, Taft Street Winery Winery At-Large – 1st Term: 2019-2021
Jacqueline Balletto, Balletto Vineyards & Winery

Winery-1st Term 2019-2021

Past Presidents

  • Chris Crispo, Bush Crispo Vineyards
  • Gio Balistreri, Russian River Vineyards
  • Clay Gantz, Gantz Family Vineyards
  • Rod Berglund, Joseph Swan Vineyards
  • Chris Donatiello, C. Donatiello Winery
  • Randy Luginbill, Silverado Sonoma Vineyards, LLC
  • John Holdredge, Holdredge Wines
  • Nick Leras, Nick Leras Vineyards
  • Steve Dutton, Dutton Brothers Farming & Dutton Ranch
  • Valerie Wathen, Dutton-Goldfield Winery
  • Bob Cabral, Three Sticks Wines
  • Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Wines
  • Lee Martinelli, Jr. Martinelli farms, Inc.
  • Ellen Mack, Russian Hill Estate Winery
  • Kirk Lokka, Emeritus Vineyards
  • Hector Bedolla, Crop Production Services
  • Warren Dutton, Dutton Ranch
  • Saralee McClelland Kunde, Richard’s Grove & Saralee’s Vineyard

RRVW Staff

Executive Director
Wendy Hilberman

Annual Reports & Neighborhoods Materials

Annual Report 2019 Annual Report 2018 Annual Report 2017 RRVW_CMYK_Map_Onesheet_Doc_JK.pdf RRVW_CMYK_Map_Booklet_Doc.pdf Safe-Wineries-with-links-1RRVW.docx Neighborhoods Map RRVW_CMYK_Map_Update2.jpg

Membership Inquiries

Wendy Hilberman
(707) 486-5648

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Russian River Valley Grapes for Sale

Members of the Russian River Valley Winegrowers are invited to advertise Russian River Valley grapes on our new page, Grapes for Sale. Please send your information to info@rrvw.org and we will post the information on the site.

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