The Russian River Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Sonoma County, California. Centered on the Russian River, the Russian River Valley AVA accounts for about one-sixth of the total planted vineyard acreage in Sonoma County. The appellation was granted AVA status in 1983 and enlarged in 2005. The area generally lies between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa in the south, and Forestville and Healdsburg in the north.

The Russian River Valley has a characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


Our Russian River Pinot Noir Partners

Nunes Vineyard

Nunes Vineyard is located on the last of Russian River's alluvial bench making it perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes. The grapes consistently ripen year after year with the cooling maritime influences allowing the fruit to hang longer on the vine—extra time to develop those sought-after Pinot Noir characteristics that produce exceptional wine.

This ideal location, coupled with the passion Fred and Wendy Nunes have for farming the grapes themselves, show in every vine they own and every grape they grow.

Hallberg Vineyard

Hallberg Vineyard lies along Sonoma County’s Goldridge near Sebastopol in the lower reach of the Russian River Valley in the sub-appellation Green Valley.

the vineyard is completely dry-farmed helping the grapes achieve full ripeness at lower sugar levels, with more complex and balanced flavors. The vines become naturally in balance with the soil and climate giving the wine a more pure expression of its unique terroir.

Cooled by breezes and fog from the Pacific Ocean, the grapes often languish in the same marine layer that covers San Francisco from late afternoon till mid–morning. The nighttime fog allows the grapes to retain the crucial acids that balance the gentle Pinot Noir flavors.