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Why the Russian River Valley Should be Your Next Wine Country Destination

Famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir the vineyards of Sonoma County will delight wine buffs and novices alike

Luxury Retreats
October 15, 2016
By Dana Rebmann

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More than a million square acres in size, Sonoma County wine country boasts more than 425 wineries. Stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Mayacamas Mountains, the varied terroir and microclimates are divided into 17 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), or appellations. But with almost 60,000 acres of vineyards, deciding where to begin your wine country getaway can be a tough decision.

Located in the heart of Sonoma County, Russian River Valley vineyards thrive in an already striking natural landscape – row after row of grapes add to a backdrop that includes mountains and treetops. Foggy mornings give way to warm days, but pack a sweater, because the area’s cool nights have put it on the map for growing cool climate grapes. Here’s some of our favorite vineyards to get you started.

Inman Family Wines
Expect good wine and good conversation at Inman Family Wines. Cozy and unpretentious, have a seat on the patio and you can play a game or two of cornhole in between tastes, that are often poured by owner and winemaker Kathleen Inman. Tasting appointments are available Thursday through Monday.