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Russian River Vineyards

Updated: Jan 12

  • Located in the small, sleepy town of Forestville.

  • In 2008 founding partners:

  • Chris O’Neill, Barbara Sattler, Giovanni Balistreri, and Anthony Austin

  • Purchased the property, and thoughtfully restored it.

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  • Picturesque and historic winery.

  • One of the valley’s oldest wineries.

  • The vineyards were planted in 1963.

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  • One of only a handful of vineyards that is dry farmed.

  • Producing far less fruit, but incredible quality.

  • Pest control is dependent upon the resident bats who eat the farm insects.

  • The fog and the volcanic soil add to the complexity of the fruit.

  • Giovanni Balistreri, the winemaker, completes the formula for success.

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  • Gorgeous tasting room

  • Ample parking.

  • Local art adorns the walls of the tasting room.

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  • Lovely outdoor tasting area.

  • Beautifully landscaped flower garden and views of the vineyards.

  • Family activities include: a game of corn hole or giant Jenga.

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  • Dogs welcome in specified areas, not tasting areas.

  • Kids welcome, if supervised.

  • Children may visit the chickens and roam the gardens, if supervised.

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  • Open Daily:

  • Sun-Thurs 12:00-6:00 pm,

  • Fri & Sat. 12:00-7:00 pm.

  • Walk-ins Welcome

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  • Wine and Cheese Pairing: $45 pp, 4 wines/ 4 cheeses, Reservation recommended .

  • Wine and Farm to Table Pairing: $55 pp. 4 wines/4 chef bites, Reservation recommended.

  • Wine Social: $55 pp, 20% gratuity, for 7-12 guests, reserved seating, self led tasting.

  • VIP Experience: $105 pp. 4 wines/4 food items, private seating, reservations. 2 hours.

  • NO OUTSIDE FOOD IS ALLOWED FOR PICNICS!!!!

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  • RRV is known for their red wines.

  • Wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Barbera, Petit Sirah, Rose, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay,

  • Wine Pricing: average $65

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  • The property has a rich history.

  • One of very few wineries with a rustic/chic, recently renovated restaurant.

  • The restaurant was originally the old farmhouse.

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  • Ben Davies, trained at Meadowood, is the chef.

  • His menu changes based on what is in season in the estate culinary garden.

  • $26-$36 for main entree

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  • Use of the picnic area is permitted with Russian River Vineyard food.

  • Restaurant open Friday and Saturday, noon to 8:00pm.

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RUSSIAN RIVER VINEYARDS

#Merlot #Rosé #Pinot #Barbera #PetiteSirah

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