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The Russian River Valley is located within Sonoma County.
The Russian River Valley is regarded as one of the world's most preeminent wine-growing regions. The Russian River Valley's close proximity to the Pacific Ocean (The Russian River itself empties directly into the ocean) greatly influences the growing climate of this appellation. Heavy rainfall and cool temperatures with frequent summer fog combine to create an extremely slow growing environment where even cool weather varieties sometimes struggle to mature. As a result, fruit from this appellation is well known for its higher levels of acidity and crisp fruit flavors. The Russian River Valley's 8,400 acres of vineyards are well suited for varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.