About Our Vineyards Our founder Gary Farrell was a passionate believer in great vineyards. Long before the Russian River Valley made its mark on the world stage, Gary was out exploring vineyards in the early 1980s to identify grapes from the most promising sites in the valley.


With an uncannily prophetic eye to the future, the first wine he produced under the Gary Farrell label was a 1982 Pinot Noir sourced from what would eventually become two of the Russian River Valley’s premier vineyards: Rochioli and Allen. Planted just up the road from where he would build his winery, these sites are adjacent to each other on Westside Road and have been meticulously farmed by Joe Rochioli, Jr. for more than 40 years.

The success of our wines comes down to relationships like the one we enjoy with Joe and his family. We are committed to maintaining the strong, long-term partnerships we’ve established with the owners of the iconic Russian River Valley vineyards that form the heart of our wine portfolio, including Westside Farms, Rochioli, Allen, Stiling, Hallberg and more.

For the past few years, we have established new relationships with even more of our neighboring Russian River Valley growers. We’ve added exciting new vineyard sources to our portfolio including Ritchie, Bacigalupi, Pellegrini Olivet Lane Estate and Martinelli, to name just a few. Additionally, we continue to work with exceptional vineyard sites outside of the Russian River Valley to add intriguing counterpoints to our portfolio. These include newer sources like Durell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, as well as long-standing sites such as Bradford Mountain in Dry Creek Valley and the classic Bien Nacido Vineyard of the Santa Maria Valley, both of which we have been working with for more than a decade.

When selecting new sites to work with, each vineyard is critically assessed for the specific climate conditions we require. In nearly every vineyard site we work with, cool breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean blanket the vines in the mornings and evenings during the growing season, tempering summer’s heat and reducing temperatures by 35-40 degrees at night, ensuring a long, even growing season. The slow ripening process that results fully matures the fruit while maintaining healthy levels of acidity. Here in the Russian River Valley, the wide range of volcanic, sandstone and alluvial soils is favorable for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, providing essential water drainage while retaining sufficient moisture and nutrients to nourish the vines during the appellation’s long growing season.

These specific conditions yield wines boasting bright, vibrant aromas, intense, yet supple flavors and exemplary balance. Our wines display these characteristics in spades, along with a remarkable purity and elegance of varietal expression.

Along with the heritage vineyards our reputation has been firmly built upon, these new vineyard sources give Winemaker Theresa Heredia an even broader palette of flavor and texture to work with in the winery.

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RECENT REVIEWS Trip Advisor | April 16, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “first ever visit”dropped by on a rainy sunday with no reservation, and they were kind enough to let us in. we spent an hour or so in tasting and talking, really enjoying the woman who hosted us (Lisa?) who was friendly, very knowledgeable and not pushy at all. we'd heard much about the wines and the vineyard, but had never visited, and ended up joining their club so we can enjoy wines year-round. it was a great weekend memory in Sonoma/Russian Rivery Valley. Trip Advisor | April 16, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Weather not a challenge”Although it rained a good part of our visit it didn't matter because the luncheon was fantastic & the wines were excellent. It stopped raining when we were ready to leave. Had a great time. Trip Advisor | April 15, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Wine Tasting at Gary Farrell Winery”The winery is in a breathtakingly beautiful setting, high up on a hill. The day was sunny and warm, so we opted for an outdoor terrace tasting. Our selections included Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels, paired with excellent cheeses, fruits, and nuts. Everything was delicious, and our hostess, Lisa, was superb. Trip Advisor | April 15, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Drinking wine was heavenly”The views are spectacular from atop the hillside. The views offered were amazing; you feel like you are removed from the rest of the world. We made a reservation for our visit, and the team at Gary Farrell took outstanding care of us. They had a personalized greeting with our name on the tasting menu and we felt special right off the bat. The service that was provided was attentive and friendly. The pace of the servings was just right which allowed us to enjoy the wine, surroundings, and complimentary nuts and cheese. Overall a memorable experience. Trip Advisor | April 15, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Wonderful Experience”There is nothing like stopping by for a Terrace Tasting of Gary Farrell's delicious Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels. Truly delicious....every one of them. The attention to detail, personalization and lovely setting make this a very special, amazingly tasty time. Trip Advisor | April 15, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Amazing wine tasting”We visited on Easter Sunday and were a bit late for our appointment. We were greeted in a professional manner despite our tardiness and seated at one of the table near the vista. Wines were served in a paced yet relaxing manner. Our party settled in and took in the views and the wines - what a treat. We overstayed by a bit which was no issue with the staff. I highly recommend a visit to Gary Farrell. Trip Advisor | April 15, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Beautiful view, beautiful wines, and beautiful employees”I went with a friend and we had an amazing time! The wine was amazing and they were very knowledgeable. I will definitely visit the next time I am in the area. Trip Advisor | April 9, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Great wine and views”We stop at this winery every time we visit the Sonoma area. We were so impressed with their wines, we join their wine club which allows us to enjoy really great wines for very reasonable prices. Their wine club works with you as far as delivering the wine shipments according to your needs which is very important to us. Highly recommend that you visit this fantastic winery and their tasting room. Trip Advisor | April 3, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “It's all about the experience!”Great terrace tasting with side by side tastings of Chardonnay and Pinot. Very approachable wines and atmosphere. Some of the best views in the Sonoma area- on the terrace and in the tasting room. Worth the drive to see and experience this! Trip Advisor | February 8, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Warm Friendly Informative. A great time”The view was spectacular. The atmosphere was professional and very welcoming. Casual and not stuffy but full of information and incredible wines. Trip Advisor | February 2, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Great time - must go!”We had a Gary Farrell Pinot Noir at a Sonoma restaurant we loved, so we scheduled a tasting. What a great decision. The tasting room is charming with a great view. The wines superb. I highly recommend visiting the winery. Trip Advisor | February 1, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Great Wine Country Experience”Great wines, great views and wonderful experience! This winery is a must visit spot for the Russian River Area and the staff are amazing!! Their wines are fabulous!! Trip Advisor | February 1, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Outstanding wine tasting by the fire”Outstanding wine on a cool day sitting by the fireplace. Doesn't get much better. Great wine, beautiful location. Trip Advisor | February 1, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “The Best Winery by far”Gary Farrell is absolutely one of the best experiences! The staff goes above and beyond and the wine is delicious! Views for days- do not miss Gary Farrell! Trip Advisor | January 10, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Great Russian River venue”Been here several times and keep coming back. We did a terrace tasting this time and loved it. Lovely setting outdoors with intimate feel despite other parties around. Program printed with your name on it personalizes the experience. Expert staff led us through the tasting of some excellent wines. These are great wines but at a price. Trip Advisor | December 26, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Great Location With Amazing Wines”Visited this winery as part of the "Ultimate Russian River Experience". Beautiful location with great views and with a very friendly staff. Enjoyed some amazing Chardonnays and Pinots. A must stop for a Sonoma wine tasting trip. Trip Advisor | December 13, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Beautiful wines & winery”This winery produces beautifully crafted wines. Their chardonnays and pinots are especially good. The tasting room staff is knowledgeable and friendly. If you reserve a special tasting in advance and the weather permits, sitting outside with magnificent views is a wonderful experience. Trip Advisor | December 8, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Beautiful Visit to the Russian River Valley”The wine at Gary Farrell is beyond delicious, but the environmental experience is also top notch. There is a beautiful outdoor deck with panoramic views of the vines and lovely table service by a very engaged staff. Highly recommend it as your next wine tasting experience in Sonoma! P.S. Their wine club membership is a great way to enjoy Gary Farrell wines year round. Trip Advisor | October 8, 2015 | 5/5 Stars“Always a delight!”Any reason to go to Gary Farrell is a good one, but you should consider making it your only stop if you want to try many stellar wines all in one place! I've visited for pleasure and for work and always leave delighted (and with wine - of course). Also, if Emery is there you're in for another special treat. She's as informative as she is bubbly - love her happy personality! Looking forward to my next visit! Yelp | August 17, 2015 | 5/5 Stars“This place is amazing!”This place is amazing! Our hostess Lianne was so knowledgeable and friendly. The Chardonnay and Pinot were tasty. My favorite was the 100% skin fermented Chardonnay and the Rochioli Pinot noir was my boyfriend’s favorite. The tasting room is lovely and has a great view of the Russian river valley. If you plan on going on the weekend, make sure you make an appointment. Trip Advisor | August 3, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Top Quality Wines and Tasting Room Experience”Gary Farrell is an excellent winery with a good tasting room with knowledgeable hosts. Though production is relatively limited, you can purchase wine at the tasting room. Worth a visit. Trip Advisor | July 6, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Fabulous Winery”The wine was awesome & the tasting room staff were very friendly & helpful. We would definitely visit this winery again. Trip Advisor | June 1, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “A Must Visit”Outstanding location, outstanding vistas, outstanding wine, top notch staff. Mid-week is the time to go with zero crowds. The trip back down the mountain is a bonus.
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