|Variety *||%||Total RRV Acreage|
|Pinot Noir||29%||over 4,500|
|Cabernet Sauvignon||4%||over 600|
|Sauvignon Blanc||4%||about 600|
|Other Reds||1.5%||about 200|
|Pinot Gris||1.5%||over 180|
|Petite Sirah||1%||about 100|
|Other White||1%||over 100|
|Total||Over 15,000 Acres|
*Green denotes white grape varieties, red denotes red grape varieties
“The Queen of White Wines”, Chardonnay is known for the Old World style of Chablis and the Cotes d’Or of Burgundy and the New World style reflected in the wines from warmer growing areas of California. Russian River Valley Chardonnays tend to split the difference. Over 6,000 acres of Chardonnay are under cultivation in the Russian River Valley.
A difficult grape to grow, this native of the Burgundy region of France achieves greatness in only a handful of places worldwide, and the Russian River Valley is one of those places. Our Pinot-perfect climate combined with an amazing complexity of soil types, results in wines that reflect their individual sites but share a common thread. In the Russian River Valley, over 4500 acres are dedicated to Pinot Noir production.
This heritage grape is widely planted throughout California. In the Russian River Valley, new Zinfandel plantings have joined vines planted as early as the late 1800s. Today, over 1100 acres of Zinfandel are cultivated in the Russian River Valley. Our long, cool growing season allows Zinfandel to achieve superb levels of ripeness.
There is substantial acreage in the Russian River Valley planted to Merlot yet most of our Merlot grapes are used to enhance Sonoma County Merlots and Meritage blends. However, Merlot shows its Russian River Valley pedigree when bottled on its own. Over 1000 acres of Merlot are cultivated in the Russian River Valley.
Although Cabernet Sauvignon is considered a warmer climate grape, our extended growing season allows Cabernet to achieve full ripeness but with less aggressive tannins than many other areas. Most of the Cabernet is planted in the warmer more northerly portion of the Russian River Valley, but scattered plantings occur in other areas in the Valley. Over 700 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in the Russian River Valley.
With our long, cool growing season, Sauvignon Blanc enjoys the best of both worlds. The cool climate keeps the wines crisp and allows the natural character of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc to come through. Over 500 acres of Sauvignon Blanc are planted in the Russian River Valley. Note: Wine produced from this grape is sometimes called Fumé Blanc.
Syrah is also known as Shiraz, particularly in Australia. The climate in the Russian River Valley is much more akin to that of the northern Rhone Valley of France, its ancestral home, and the wines are stylistically similar to the wines from this region. In the Russian River Valley, over 80 acres of this unique varietal are cultivated.
A relative newcomer to the Russian River Valley, this white variant of Pinot Noir is ideally suited to our climate. Already, over 140 acres are planted to this varietal in the Russian River Valley. The Russian River Valley produces Pinot Gris more like the rich wines of the Alsace region of France than the Pinot Grigios of Italy. Pinot Gris is a grape varietal that often loses acidity quickly on the vine, but our cool nights allow it to develop its full flavor potential while maintaining acid levels.