The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself
named for the Russian fur traders come down from Alaska in the late th and early th centuries. The
Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small,
family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
The proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to
cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir
In fact, the region is quite known for its ability
to tame Pinot Noir and to create lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller
appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from
the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.