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Our Mission

The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) is a community dedicated to promoting the Russian River Valley as the premier region for growing cool climate grapes while producing wines that showcase the diversity of our many neighborhoods. Our farmers and winemakers work in a manner that is environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable in order to continue our legacy as good stewards of the land and producers of distinctive wines of exceptional quality, authenticity and integrity.

Board Members

President Chris Crispo, Bush Crispo Vineyards
Grower – 2nd Term: 2018-2020
1st Vice President Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery
Grower – 2nd Term: 2019-2021
2nd Vice President Jim Sturgeon, La Crema Winery
At-Large, Winery – 2nd Term: 2019-2021
Treasurer Michelle Ausburn, BPM CPA (Appointed) – 1st Term: 2018-2020
Secretary Carol Kozlowski-Every, Kozlowski Farms Appointed Secretary – Past Board Director


Joe Foppoli, Christopher Creek Winery

Winery-2nd Term: 2019-2021

Clark Lystra, Betty Ann Vineyard Grower – 1st Term: 2018-2020
Gio Balistreri, Russian River Vineyards
Winery – 2nd Term: 2016-2018
Tom Fredericks, Trenton View Vineyards Grower – 3rd Term: 2018-2020
Alex Kanzler, Kanzler Family Vineyards Grower-1st Term-2017-2019
Kim Pasquali, Landmark Vineyards Winery, At-Large – 1st Term: 2018-2020
Greg Morthole, Davis Bynum & Rodney Strong Winery- 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
Nancy Woods, Merriam Vineyards Winery,
At-Large – 2nd Term: 2018-2020

Past Presidents

  • 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

Membership Inquiries

Wendy Hilberman
(707) 486-5648

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