Green Valley Appellation

Dec. 15, 2010

This is a small designation contained within the southwest Russian River AVA. It is the coolest and foggiest region of the Russian River Valley and is bordered by Sebastopol, Occidental and Forestville.

The area is 60 percent Goldridge soil, a fine, sandy loam over fractured sandstone that is sought after by growers of Pinot Noir grapes.

Varietals that do best here are: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other cool climate-loving varietals.

Goldridge soil derived from the remains of an ancient inland sea that slowly emptied into the Pacific three to five million years ago. In the early 1900s, a Sebastopol newspaper editor coined the term ‘Goldridge’ to reflect the booming success of the many fruit growers in the area.

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