Russian River Valley
Became AVA in 1983
150 square mi.; 9,000 acres of wine
Located 10 mi. from Pacific
Elevation High Average Low
873.55 ft. 197.68 ft. 41.06 ft.
Temperature & Rainfall
Average Hi °F Med °F Low °F Rain in.
78.4 63.1 47.9 5.91
90 wineries, and 250 growers
Cooler Region: prominent in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Well covered with trees, and dense forest; some amazing scenic roads
Region is also known for Galvensteiner apples, pears and goat cheese
Temperate cool climate, Pacific fog burns off mid-morning and returns in evening
Old soils from oceanic trenches, marine sandstone; volcanic ash with river alluvial material; and high content of clay.
More importantly, they drain well.
Chardonnay: range of crisp Chablis-like to fleshy and tropical; ripe acidity and delicate texture
Pinot Noir: Range from med body to rich full bodied; Big berry fruit, jammy character, very aromatic
Chalk Hill: In Northeast, higher elevation, less fog, white volcanic ash, and known for Cabernets, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
Green Valley: Southwest part of RRV, coolest region and known for for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay