SOLD OUT 2006 Pinot Noir
SOLD OUT 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Harvesting at Crinella
Russian River Valley
All Crinella Wines are produced from grapes grown exclusively in our own vineyards. We create our wines by hand,
and use only grapes grown in our own vineyards in order to maintain
the utmost level of quality and consistency, as well as the unique characteristics of our outstanding Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
The Russian River Valley, known for producing Burgundian varietals, was originally settled in the early 1800's by Russian imigrants.
The first cultivated field crops were wine grapes. The Italian immigrants, drawn to California by the Gold Rush of 1849, took up the torch and much of
the growth of the later part of the century was due to their planting. The phylloxera epidemic (1880s through 1900) that decimated the area, damaged
the growing region for many years. Ripping out diseased vines and starting over, the vineyards didn't recover in the Russian River Valley appellation until the 1960s.
The new varieties that were introduced then are
Originally 150 sq miles, in 1983 the Russian River Valley was designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms).
It included more than 10,000 vineyard acres until recently when the appellation area was granted an increase to follow the fog line. The fog is the
reason for the remarkable Pinot Noir produced in the region, resulting in cooler temperatures which are ideal for growing this delicate grape variety. The new designation
covers over 12,000 vineyard acres with abundant production of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in addition to Sauvignon Blanc and others.
The Russian River Valley became a destination well over 100 years ago. First loggers came and then eventually travellers came to
see the ancient and majestic Redwoods. The charming hamlets and towns quickly became a vacation mecca. Our family owned and operated vacation resorts in the Russian River Valley
area during the early 1950's through the late 1960's. It has always been a favorite day trip for Sonoma County residents and became a thriving weekend and vacation getaway for many San Francisco
residents during this period. We have always loved this area. The Redwoods and the sight of the Russian River as it flows through the peaceful countryside will charm you as well.