The confluence of a tectonic age, alluvial soils left by a wandering river, water flowing off of the Sonoma Mountain range which carried with it eroded volcanic material–all of these factors created soils with large amounts of clay in the central portion of the Russian River Valley appellation.
The temperate Russian River Valley climate is structured by the regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. Much like the tide, it ebbs and flows through the Petaluma Wind Gap and the channel cut by the Russian River. The fog usually arrives in the evening, often dropping the temperature 35 to 40 degrees from its daytime high.
This weather was a boon when discovered by Italian farmers that said the Russian River Valley reminded them of the Tuscan valleys. Out of geographical luck, our Westside Road neighbors share a wonderful spot along the Miracle Mile in Healdsburg, California.
Our Westside Road neighbors in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley include Arista Winery, Rochioli Winery, Williams Selyem Winery, Flax Vineyard, Westside Farms, Allen Vineyards and Hop Kiln Winery.