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Merry Edwards Winery

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

  • Sebastopol off Hwy 116 in the heart of Russian River Valley.

  • Merry Edwards is a….


  • Pioneering woman in wine and a…

  • Sonoma County winemaking legend.

  • One of California’s FIRST women winemakers.

  • She broke the glass ceiling for other women winemakers in the 70’s.

  • She graduated from Davis and in 1997 established her own winery.


  • Her wines are available only at select restaurants and at her winery.

  • The winery amenities include an outdoor garden, patio, and fountain.

  • Not dog or kid friendly, due to Chloe, the winery cat and the indoor seated tasting.

  • The winery lobby is like stepping into a hotel lobby.


  • Walk-In Tasting:

  • Guests experience a complimentary group seated tasting.

  • No appointment necessary. 15-25 minutes

  • Five private rooms off to the side of the entrance are used for the seated tastings.

  • In-Depth Tasting:

  • Appt. Needed, 45-60 min. 11:00, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00. 8 pp max.


  • Wines:

  • Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and a fascinating Late Harvest Sauv Blanc dessert wine.

  • Wine prices: average about $50-60

  • Merry Edwards could be called the Queen of Pinot Noir.

  • Her Pinot Noir clone research was so thorough; a Pinot was named after her.


  • Her quote:

  • “Russian River Valley is the “epicenter of great Pinot Noir.”

  • Her winemaking interest evolved out of her UC Berkeley beer making hobby.

  • A Berkeley professor suggested she go to UC Davis to further tap into her interest.

  • Note: If you are not generally fond of Sauvignon Blanc,

  • Merry Edward’s Sauvignon Blanc may change your mind.


  • In 2013 (her 40th year of wine making), she received two coveted wine awards:

  • Inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame

  • And James Beard award for best wine.

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