New at Russian River Vineyards – The Winemaker Experience!

Join RRV founder, managing partner and renowned winemaker, Giovanni “Gio” Balistreri, for a memorable tasting and a guided tour of the Russian River Vineyards Estate and vineyards.

In this private experience, learn about Gio’s “Earth to Glass” and “light-touch” approach to wine-making while having the opportunity to spend personal time with Gio. This is a unique opportunity to get all your questions answered in a limited group.

Learn about what makes the Russian River Valley one of the world’s finest Pinot Noir growing regions, discover the Russian River Valley AVA’s “Neighborhoods” and dive deeper into the story behind the RRV historic estate.

Gio will talk about our grower partnerships, our single vineyard wines, and how he utilizes the unique characteristics of each neighborhood in the Russian River Valley to craft his artisanal wines.

The selection of wines features the finest RRV has to offer. These wines are barrel aged for significantly longer, given the utmost attention and care by Gio, and have not been featured on our tasting flights.
Here is a sneak peek of three of the five wines that we will be featuring. The remaining two wines are “Winemakers Choice” and are revealed that day.

2021 Bacigalupi Chardonnay

The latest vintage of this well-loved and respected Chardonnay. Picked from the budwood of the vines that produced the award-winning California Chardonnay that won the “Judgement of Paris” wine tasting in 1976, this put Sonoma County on the map. Have the opportunity to sample this sought-after wine straight from the barrel.

2016 Double Barrel Pinot Noir

Blended from our two finest vineyards – Horseridge and Burke Family Vineyards. Crafted from only two barrels, this vintage is one of our most luxurious and limited productions at just 50 cases. Each bottle is skillfully hand painted by artist Dom Chi designs, depicting an original illustration of the RRV estate.

Austin Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

From the vineyard by our winemaker’s predecessor & mentor, RRV consulting winemaker Anthony Austin. A truly spectacular Pinot Noir with complexity and nuance, sip this fantastic wine and learn about the inspiring relationship between mentor and mentee.

The first four dates for the Winemaker Experience are: March 11th & 25th, and April 8th & 15th from 2:00pm-3:30pm

Our exclusive Winemaker Experience will be $150 per person – Non Wine Club

Wine Club Discount applies according to membership tier

Each Reservation Includes:
* A tour of the RRV property – up to 25 guests
* A special wine tasting hosted by the RRV winemaker
* Sampling exclusive age-worthy wines from RRV’s cellar
* Delicious bites from our wine country kitchen
* A dive deeper into the earth-to-glass winemaking process, the neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley & more!

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