Russian River Valley

DSC_9471_russian_riverOfficially established in 1983, the Russian River Valley AVA (Agricultural Viticultural Area) extends from Sebastopol north to Healdsburg, and bordering the Sonoma Coast AVA to the west and Knights Valley to the east.

Our vineyards are influenced by the coastal fog that comes in from the Pacific Ocean. The blanketing effect of the fog protects the fruit from the hot summer sun. This kind of climate supports the growth of acidity as the fruit ripens. Daily temperature fluctuation in our vineyards can be as much as 30 to 40 degrees during the summer.

The Russian River Valley contains at least 30 different types of soils. The soils found along the riverbanks consist primarily of sand and pebbles and provide the ideal foundation for the growing of high quality Pinot Noir grapes.