A Wine Tasting Itinerary in the Russian River Valley
The Russian River Valley is a massive winegrowing region that spans through the communities of Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Forestville and Healdsburg. This tasting itinerary takes you on a tour through the western stretch of the RRV, starting with Balletto Vineyards near Sebastopol, then north to Russian River Vineyards outside of Forestville.
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While these wineries aren't offering benefits to WineryHunt Club Members in 2021, they are well worth visiting when you are in the Russian River Valley.
Balletto Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery that sources all their fruit from their own vineyards, producing consistent, reliable, elegant wines that over-deliver. The family started grape-growing in the mid 1990s, and launched the Balletto brand in 2001 with the select top 10% of fruit grown on their vineyards. Today Balletto Vineyards farms 16 unique estate vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley AVA, all planted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The winery and tasting room is located to the northeast of Sebastopol. You'll enjoy this visit for the great wines and friendly people, with both indoor and outdoor spaces to spread out and enjoy your wine flight.
Wines Produced: Brut Rosé, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Pinot Noir
Amazing and affordable wines. All I tasted were so good and well balanced. We brought a picnic with us and they poured our wines on the patio. Great staff!! -A.N., Google Review
Russian River Vineyards
Nestled in the historic heart of the Russian River Valley, the property at Russian River Vineyards is truly one of a kind. With origins dating back to the 1890s, the iconic estate was built on the foundations of small-scale family farming. Over time, the old family farmhouse became a roadhouse. An old Hop Kiln style building became a winery. And as the burgeoning wine industry entered California, the pioneering property became home to one of the region’s first vineyards.
Today the vibrant property at Russian River Vineyards offers guests an unparalleled experience of “terroir” with world-class wines, served from the newly-renovated Tasting Lounge and surrounding winery grounds.
Wines Produced: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbono, Barbera, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Red Blend
This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Russian River Valley! Great wine, great views and wonderful people. You can get a Cheese board, Deli board or a Mediterranean board and make a lunch out of these items. I highly recommended this spot! -GK, Google Review