Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley

Became AVA  in 1983

150 square mi.; 9,000 acres of wine

Located 10 mi. from Pacific 

Topography

 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

Climate:

Temperate cool climate, Pacific fog burns off mid-morning and returns in evening

Soils: 

Old soils from oceanic trenches, marine sandstone; volcanic ash with river alluvial  material; and high content of clay.

More importantly, they drain well.

Grapes Characteristics:

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

Sub AVA’s

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

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