Russian River Valley
FOG-LOVING, COOL CLIMATE REGION
One of the most prestigious appellations in Sonoma County, this valley is known for marine fog at night that cools ripening fruit, while gravelly soils provide perfect drainage for the vines.
In the Russian River Valley, deep forests of redwood, oak, bay and pine cling to the curves of the Russian River, while broad, open grasslands cover much of the valleyfloor that sweeps back from the river banks.
Situated only 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Russian River Valley is one of the coolest grape growing regions in Sonoma County, ideal for Ferrari-Carano’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Summer fog frequently rolls in from the ocean into the valley by mid..afternoon, and lingers until well after sunrise the following morning.
Many different soil types are found in Russian River Valley, like Goldridge soils, the most sought after soil in Sonoma County, as well as deep, alluvial deposits of sand and gravel left over thousands of years by the flooding winter river. This unique combination of soils and climate are the building blocks for creating some of Ferrari-Carano’s finest, single vineyard Chardonnays.