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5 Places to Visit in the Russian River Valley

Find a great glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, explore ancient redwoods and country roads then dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant—with attached spa.
Photo by Michael Housewright

Some of the state’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grows in this region. The valley largely follows the path of its namesake river, so called for Russian fur traders in the 19th century. Scenic country roads crisscross the region to the Pacific Ocean.

Map of Russian River Valley 

Map of the Russian River Valley

5 Places to Visit in the Russian River Valley

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    Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

    Cool off beneath ancient redwoods that are some of the tallest in the world. One of few remaining old-growth redwood forests, the reserve encompasses 805 acres and offers peaceful refuge and mellow trails.

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    Farmhouse Inn

    An oasis of luxury surrounded by grapevines, this highly rated family-owned inn and spa also houses a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s open to nonguests. The menu is built around a superb wine list.

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    J Vineyards & Winery

    Devoted to making sparkling wines as well as estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the winery’s real pull is the Bubble Room, a sit-down, multicourse dining experience that lives up to its effervescent name.

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    La Crema

    A barn dating to the 1900s has been transformed into the tasting room at renowned Saralee’s Vineyard. Visitors can sample Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, including wines from the elite Nine Barrel series.

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    Rochioli

    This multi-generation family operation first planted Pinot Noir here in 1968, and the grapes were soon made famous in wines by Davis Bynum Winery, Gary Farrell Winery and Williams Selyem Winery. The estate’s own Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc merit a stop.

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Published on May 23, 2017
Topics: California
About the Author
Virginie Boone
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from California.

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and Sonoma Magazine, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond. Email: vboone@wineenthusiast.net


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