Russian River Vineyards
Located in the small, sleepy town of Forestville.
In 2008 founding partners:
Chris O’Neill, Barbara Sattler, Giovanni Balistreri, and Anthony Austin
Purchased the property, and thoughtfully restored it.
Picturesque and historic winery.
One of the valley’s oldest wineries.
The vineyards were planted in 1963.
One of only a handful of vineyards that is dry farmed.
Producing far less fruit, but incredible quality.
Pest control is dependent upon the resident bats who eat the farm insects.
The fog and the volcanic soil add to the complexity of the fruit.
Giovanni Balistreri, the winemaker, completes the formula for success.
Gorgeous tasting room
Local art adorns the walls of the tasting room.
Lovely outdoor tasting area.
Beautifully landscaped flower garden and views of the vineyards.
Family activities include: a game of corn hole or giant Jenga.
Dogs welcome in specified areas, not tasting areas.
Kids welcome, if supervised.
Children may visit the chickens and roam the gardens, if supervised.
Sun-Thurs 12:00-6:00 pm,
Fri & Sat. 12:00-7:00 pm.
Wine and Cheese Pairing: $45 pp, 4 wines/ 4 cheeses, Reservation recommended .
Wine and Farm to Table Pairing: $55 pp. 4 wines/4 chef bites, Reservation recommended.
Wine Social: $55 pp, 20% gratuity, for 7-12 guests, reserved seating, self led tasting.
VIP Experience: $105 pp. 4 wines/4 food items, private seating, reservations. 2 hours.
NO OUTSIDE FOOD IS ALLOWED FOR PICNICS!!!!
RRV is known for their red wines.
Wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Barbera, Petit Sirah, Rose, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay,
Wine Pricing: average $65
The property has a rich history.
One of very few wineries with a rustic/chic, recently renovated restaurant.
The restaurant was originally the old farmhouse.
Ben Davies, trained at Meadowood, is the chef.
His menu changes based on what is in season in the estate culinary garden.
$26-$36 for main entree
Use of the picnic area is permitted with Russian River Vineyard food.
Restaurant open Friday and Saturday, noon to 8:00pm.