Our family vineyard and winery is located in the Russian River Valley at the heart of the Sonoma County, California wine country, just north of the town of Santa Rosa This is about an hour north of San Francisco. It is due west of the Napa Valley towns of Calistoga and St. Helena, separated by a high ridge. It is due east of the coastal towns of Jenner and Bodega Bay, separated from them and the direct ocean influence by low, coastal hills.
We encourage you to come visit Sonoma County, where you’ll find towering redwood trees, kayaking, hiking, fishing, wildlife-viewing, and camping opportunities, world-class dining, a deep commitment to sustainable agriculture and local products, some of the nicest people in the world, and – of course – lots of fabulous vineyards and wineries. Something for everyone awaits you in Sonoma County.
Within Sonoma County, we are located in the Russian River Valley, which is rich in agricultural and cultural history. Initially settled by Russians in the early-1800’s, wine grapes were soon planted. By the mid- to late-1800’s significant wineries had been established, such as Korbel, Foppiano, and Fountaingrove (on which land our own vineyard now lies). By 1876 there were 7000 acres of vines planted; there are now around 15,000 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley.
The Russian River Valley climate is sculpted by regular fog intrusion from the Pacific Ocean, which flows through the the channel cut by the Russian River. The fog usually arrives in the evening and retreats to the ocean the following morning. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season — often 15 to 20 percent longer than neighboring areas — while retaining their life-giving natural acidity.
Cool-climate-loving grape varietals thrive in the Russian River Valley area of Sonoma County. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in particular are world-renowned. In other areas of Sonoma County, world-class Zinfandel, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Pinot Gris are grown.