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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


Clark Lystra, Betty Ann Vineyard

Grower – 2nd Term: 2021-2023
1st Vice President Donald Patz, MARITANA Winery-1st Term 2020-2022
2nd Vice President Ryan Kunde, DRNK Wines

Winery-1st Term 2020-2022

Treasurer Michelle Ausburn, BPM At-Large-2nd Term 2021-2023
Secretary Currently Vacant Winery-1st Term 2021-2023


Micaela Green, Balletto Vineyards

Grower-1st Term 2022-2025

Mari Jones, Emeritus Vineyards

Grower-1st Term 2022-2025

Gio Balistreri, Russian River Vineyards Grower – 3rd Term: 2020-2022
Marshall Graves, Bank of Marin At-Large-1st Term 2021-2023
Jake Martini, Taft Street Winery Winery At-Large – 2nd Term 2022-2025
Diane DiRoma, Ron Rubin Winery Winery- 1st Term 2021-2023
Barry Herbst, Bottle Barn At-Large 1st Term 2021-2023
Patrick Hamilton, Notre Vue Estate Grower-1st Elected Term 2022-2025
Erica Odden, Rodney Strong Vineyards Winery-1st Term 2022-2025
Cristina Torres, Marimar EstateWinery-1st Term 2022-2025

Past Presidents

Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery

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

Annual Reports & Neighborhoods Materials

RRVW_2021_AnnualReport.pdf RRVW_2020_AnnualReport-updated-1-2021.pdf Annual Report 2019 Annual Report 2018 Annual Report 2017 RRVW_CMYK_Map_Onesheet_Doc_JK.pdf RRVW_CMYK_Map_Booklet_Doc.pdf Annual Report 2021

2022 Calendar of Events

2022 Calendar of Events


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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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