Mention Green Valley-Russian River Valley to any Pinot-lover or Chardonnay enthusiast and watch their eyes light up! Green Valley is the smallest appellation in Sonoma County, located in the southwestern corner of the Russian River Valley.
Bordered by the tiny towns of Sebastopol, Occidental and Forestville, Green Valley is home to over 100 growers and eight key wineries: DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton Estate, Dutton-Goldfield, Emeritus Vineyards, Hartford Family Winery, Iron Horse Vineyards, Marimar Estate and Orogeny.
The trademark rolling fog and the Goldridge soil, (the most sought after soil in Sonoma County), makes the Green Valley a very special place for growing the delicate Pinot Noir grapes and the coveted Chardonnay.
Green Valley‘s unique weather is considerably colder than the rest of the Russian River Valley. With the Russian River to the north and the Petaluma Wind Gap to the south, cold air streams across the Green Valley. The coastal hills lying along its western border help to moderate the strong winds from the ocean. All things combined, the cool nights and early morning fog, followed by warm days, give the right balance of ripeness, good sugar levels, ripe tannins and high acid. [Read more…]