Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery: Sitting On Top of the World The winery with the namesake of the founder offers fantastic tasting tours that will take you through the winemaking process. BY TOURING & TASTING
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Guests can enjoy tasting from the patio, which overlooks the Russian River Valley.
“ …Tasting options for visitors to its hilltop facility, including tours of the winery’s pressing facilities and cellars, where curious wine lovers can learn about the journey that the wine takes fro
Active before the creation of the Russian River Valley AVA, Gary Farrell Winery produced its first wine in 1982, guided by the careful hands of the winery’s namesake. In the 33 years that have followed, the winery has consistently produced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, forging a legacy of collaboration between the winery and the appellation’s top growers.
Although Gary Farrell sold his winery in 2004, his brand, the hilltop facility he built in 2000, and the relationships he established with local vineyards lie in able hands. Theresa Heredia joined Gary Farrell Winery in 2012 and continues to deliver the quality for which the winery has become known, as she slowly expands the production of the brand. The former UC-Davis chemistry Ph.D. candidate brings her sizable experience working both in France and Napa Valley to the Russian River Valley as she carries on Gary Farrell’s passion for meticulously produced single-vineyard, small-lot wines.
The winery combines distinctive, local grapes with 100 percent French oak barrels and over 30 years of legacy to produce not only its well-known Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, but also a notable amount of Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. Visitors to the winery’s hilltop facility are greeted by a gorgeous view of the valley as well as a variety of options, including winery tours and tasting flights in both the tasting room or on the terrace.
Gary Farrell offers a variety of tasting options for visitors to its hilltop facility, including tours of the winery’s pressing facilities and cellars, where curious wine lovers can learn about the journey that the wine takes from fruit to table. Guests can also opt for a tasting flight of rare and award-winning releases paired with plates of artisanal cheese in either the intimate private salon, the outdoor terrace overlooking the valley’s vineyards and towering redwoods, indoors by the stone fireplace, or at the winery’s own tasting bar.
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