The Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located in the heart of Sonoma County, California, just fifty-five miles north of San Francisco. The seasonal fog and the tempering effects of the ocean to our west give us an uncommonly long growing season and creates ideal conditions for cool-climate-loving grape varieties, particularly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
These nearly ideal growing conditions result in wines of uncommon depth and richness that still maintain their bright natural acidity.
Russian River Valley is not only abundant with grape growing and winemaking; it is also rich in history—both geological and man-made. This history makes the Russian River Valley a special place to grow grapes, to make wine, to live or to visit.
The Russian River Valley Winegrowers (RRVW) is pleased to introduce the Pinot Classic, taking place during Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25. Celebrating the Russian River Valley AVA, this exciting new event includes seminars, Passport to Pinot, and the highly anticipated Paulée dinner. You’ll explore the wines reigning from this unique wine region in Sonoma County learn about the tradition and timely relevance of this bright and beautiful varietal.