Featured Sonoma Wine Tasting Region
The Russian River Valley is a massive winegrowing region that spans through the communities of Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Forestville and Healdsburg. This month’s 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, and finishing at De La Montanya Vineyards on the outskirts of Healdsburg. This wraps up this year’s WineryHunt Sonoma! Cheers!
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
De La Montanya Vineyards
De La Montanya Estate Vineyards was founded in 1995 and includes over 250 acres in Sonoma and Lake Counties. The family-owned boutique winery and tasting room affectionately known as “the barn” opened in 2003 and produces over 30 different award winning wines in small batches.
All of the wine is estate-grown from the Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley and Red Hills appellations. Visitors to the tasting room will enjoy a wide variety of signature wines, including Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Zinfandel, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a host of lesser-known varietals. The tasting room is located at the north end of the Russian River Valley. A Golden Delicious apple orchard surrounds the tasting room which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You'll love the relaxed atmosphere and enchanting garden with picnic area, bocce court and outdoor kitchen!
Wines Produced: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, White Blend, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Primitivo, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux Bland, Dessert Wine
Customer Service, just like the wines, is always first rate at this gorgeous little Boutique winery & tasting room! -RS, 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
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