With so many nooks and crannies to explore in Sonoma, we are presenting you with a must do list when contemplating a wine tour in the Russian River Valley. Modestly sized and located in the larger Sonoma County, the Russian River provides endless entertainment for wine tasting fans from all over the world. Some of the most well-known Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in California comes from here, and we can show you many ways to get to know them better.
Gary Farrell Winery
10701 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Of the small number of wineries that operate in the Russian River, one of the most well-known is the Gary Farrell Winery. Although Gary Farrell’s first release was in 1982, he had already spent years working with legendary Russian River vintners such as Joe Rochioli and Robert Stemmler. Gary Farrell Winery has since worked with many tiny vineyards while racking up national awards and accolades over the years, and they are still relentless in their pursuit of quality. The 2013 Rochioli-Allen Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir reads like a wine tasting dream. Just the label contains the hallmarks of greatness as the two local and renowned namesake vineyards are artfully blended by Gary Farrell’s winemaker Theresa Heredia. The wine is seamless and balanced with a clean acidity, sumptuous cherry flavor and aromas of cedar and mushrooms. A wine tour through the Russian River AVA should always include a visit to this super star winery.
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
7871 River Road
Forestville, CA 95436
The Bartolomei family legacy of celebration in vineyards, orchards and gardens began in the early 1900’s. More than a hundred years and five generations later, great great grandchildren and siblings Joe and Catherine Bartolomei were nurtured in the heart of the Russian River Valley. They developed deep roots and a passion to create Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant and Spa. Opening on Valentine’s Day in 2001, Farmhouse is a can’t miss destination for people seeking the Russian River experience. The Michelin One Star restaurant features an ultra-local menu with a wine list dedicated to the bounty of local wines in a sophisticated yet relaxing service setting. The Farmhouse Inn itself is spacious, elegant and cozy. The rooms are spacious, stylish and offer hand crafted amenities with a particular attention to detail. The spa at Farmhouse is a natural extension of the surrounding Sonoma farmland. They grow and make their own apples and honey with herbs from their garden to feature in the treatment menu at the spa. When you are planning your next wine tour and tasting, be sure to include a stay at this luxurious location.
The Farmhouse Inn is truly stunning. Enjoy it below…
Russian River Adventures
20 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
See what else Sonoma has to offer! To get a break from the summer heat while experiencing the river itself, let Russian River Adventure give you an intimate look at what makes this place so special. The secluded section of river they operate on has no roads or buildings, but is plentiful in birds and other wildlife. This dog friendly, self-guided tour of the Russian River is the best way to get to know the river beyond its splendid wines and foods.
Are you taking a wine tour or planning a wine tasting trip in Sonoma? Let us connect you to the finest wineries, restaurants and other activities in the area! We have the local knowledge, experience and wine country connections to make your next visit one to remember. Contact us today and create a Sonoma County excursion today!