|Russian River Valley
Located in the northwest region of Sonoma County , the Russian River Valley is recognized as one of the top wine-growing regions in the country. While the range of varietals grown in the appellation is quite broad, it is particularly known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
While winemaking in the Russian River has been established for well over a century, it wasn't until 1983 that it was granted American Viticultural Area (AVA) status in recognition of its distinct climactic features (i.e. cool, foggy nights and warm, dry days). In 2005, the AVA's boundaries were expanded by over 30,000 acres and now comprise more than 125,000 acres, of which 15,000 are planted to premium wine grapes.
Today, there are approximately 80 Russian River wine labels including such notable names as Dutton-Goldfield , Gary Farrell , Merry Edwards , Rochioli , Joseph Swan and Williams-Selyem.