The Russian River Valley Winegrowers are embarking upon the Neighborhoods Initiative to explore the various neighborhoods within Russian River Valley AVA. Our goal is to systematically determine whether specific wine sensory characteristics, including unique aromas and textural attributes, can be consistently identified as originating from a particular Russian River Valley neighborhood. A panel of experts will first examine Pinot Noirs, but will explore other notable Russian River Valley varietals as this methodical, multi-year effort continues.
Are you going to create new Appellations (AVAs)?
No. We view this as an educational initiative for our members, the public and ourselves. We are not planning to create new appellations.
Are you trying to determine which neighborhood has the best grapes or makes the best wine?
No. We are seeking to determine whether specific wine sensory characteristics can be consistently identified as originating from a particular area within the Russian River Valley. Our goal is to celebrate the diversity of the Russian River Valley region, not pick winners and losers.
Are you drawing lines to delineate neighborhoods?
No. We will not be drawing lines that define neighborhoods.