Russian River Valley attractions

Top Choice Winery in Russian River Valley

Macrostie

For its creamy and crisp Chardonnays and earthy Pinots, along with top-notch service and an elegant tasting room, Macrostie is the talk of Wine Country. The sit-down tastings are relaxed and highly personal, with go…
Winery in Russian River Valley

J Winery

J crafts crisp sparkling wines, among Sonoma's best, but it's pricey. Make an appointment and splurge on one of the seated food-and-wine-pairing experiences. The decadent 'bubble room' tasting includes five wines pa…
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Porter Creek

Inside a vintage-1920s garage, Porter Creek’s tasting bar is a former bowling-alley lane, plunked atop barrels. Porter is old-school Northern California, an early pioneer in biodynamic farming. High-acid, food-frien…
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De La Montanya

This tiny winery, tucked amid vineyards, is known for 17 small-batch varieties made with estate-grown fruit. Viognier, Primitivo, Pinot and Cabernet are signatures; the 'summer white' and Gewürtztraminer are great b…
Winery in Russian River Valley

Iron Horse

Atop a hill with drop-dead views over the county, Iron Horse is known for sparkling wines, which the White House often pours. The outdoor tasting room is refreshingly unfussy; when you’re done with your wine, pour i…
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Hartford

Surprisingly upscale for West County, Hartford sits in a pastoral valley surrounded by redwood-forested hills, on one of the area’s prettiest back roads. It specializes in fine single-vineyard Pinot (13 kinds), Char…
Winery in Russian River Valley

Moshin

Pinot Noir is a finicky grape that withers in sun and mildews in fog, yet it thrives in Russian River Valley, including at solar-powered Moshin Vineyards. The winery also specializes in small-production Pinot Noir, …
Winery in Russian River Valley

Landmark Vineyards at Hop Kiln Estate

This photogenic historic landmark has a busy tasting room inside a former hop kiln; we especially like the Flocchini Chardonnay. You can build your own picnic with meats, cheeses and crackers for $40, and the winery…
Winery in Russian River Valley

Korbel

Gorgeous rose gardens (April to October) and a stellar on-site deli make Korbel worth a stop for a free tasting, but the sparkling wine’s just OK. Try the sparkling wine you can't get elsewhere; the rouge is particu…
Winery in Russian River Valley

Gary Farrell

High on a hilltop overlooking the Russian River, Gary Farrell’s tasting room sits perched among second-growth redwoods. The elegant Chardonnay and long-finish Pinot Noir, made by a big-name winemaker, score high mar…