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 Yelp | August 21, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “Gary Farrell is always on my short list of wineries to visit in the Russian River Valley”Gary Farrell is always on my short list of wineries to visit in the Russian River Valley. Whether it's with my in-laws from Oregon or my friends from New York City, everyone is always impressed by the elegant setting and even more elegant wines. And now that the first vintages from new wine maker, Theresa Heredia, are ready to taste I will definitely be by for a visit again soon! Trip Advisor | August 19, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “Join the Wine Club - it's worth it”We have been wine club members for several years now. Our first visit here was on my 40th birthday from a recommendation from a wine steward at a local Oregon grocery store. Now we have been back several times. Our last trip was to the Harvest Dinner earlier this month. We enjoyed the wine, food and meeting the staff. Everyone was so very nice and accommodating. We will be back again and again. Thanks Kila, Stephanie, Andy, Nancy and Theresa. Trip Advisor | July 29, 2013 | 4/5 Stars “Great views and wine!”Great views, great wine and knowledgable and helpful staff. You can't beat sitting on the terrace with a good glass of wine. Yelp | July 8, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “Great views, nice people, great wine--who wouldn't be in!”Really enjoyed my recent "revisit" (for the third time) to Gary Farrell...Enjoyed our hostess Diana, who was quite fun and told us quite a bit about the wines we were trying...My buddy and I even purchased a couple of cookbook "holders"--for lack of a better word--which were made from wine barrels.. We were even convinced, after hearing about the scrumptious pork menu, to make a reservation for a future wine dinner on site...Great views, nice people, great wine--who wouldn't be "in!" Yelp | May 9, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “Wow Gary Farrell is wonderful”Wow Gary Farrell is wonderful. Their Pinots are delicious, the Zin was one if my favorites the last time we visited. My fiancé thought enough of the whole experience+the wine to join their wine club! The drive there is lovely and the views from the winery are stunning. Trip Advisor | April 8, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “Gary Farrell Vineyards”One of the best wineries to visit. Superb wines and a beautiful setting. Staff is very friendly and this is the place to visit if you enjoy fine wines. Trip Advisor | April 8, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “Gary Farrell Vineyards”One of the best wineries to visit. Superb wines and a beautiful setting. Staff is very friendly and this is the place to visit if you enjoy fine wines. Yelp | February 5, 2014 | 5/5 Stars “There are a bunch of great Westside Road wineries - GF stands head and shoulders above them”This is a review that is a long time in the making and as GF is at the top of my mind (just RSVP'd for upcoming release party) - I figured it was time... Even before my first visit to GF I was a fan of their pinots - a big fan, so a scheduled trip to Healdsburg at them at the top of my list. Unfortunately, we were running late on a Monday and arrived at 4:15 - nearly closing time. Our initial goal was to run in and just buy a couple bottles and maybe sneak in a taste or two if time allowed. Lianne welcomed us with a smile and a hello and our experience just grew from there… I honestly lost track of time - although I know we were there past the "official" closing time. I can't say enough how informative and friendly Lianne was and made our experience more like visiting an old friends house and enjoying a glass of wine. It also encouraged me to sign up for the wine club… Since that first visit there have been a couple more - each as great as the one before. There are a bunch of great Westside Road wineries - GF stands head and shoulders above them - for their wine, the great tasting room and views and of course - their employees. Trip Advisor | January 7, 2014 | 5/5 Stars“What a wonderful wine tasting experience!” This winery does it all right. You can stand in the beautiful tasting room overlooking the Russian River Valley while tasting excellent red and white wine while chatting with the very knowledgeable staff. Another option is sitting outside on the wonderful terrace and have your tasting glasses brought right to your table. This was my favorite. Great experience! Yelp | December 3, 2013 | 5/5 Stars “A must-stop-and-taste location”The most beautiful views in the area! This winery always has excellent vintages, outshining even the vineyards from which they are getting the grapes (looking at you, Rochioli). The staff is wonderful, the tasting room has been expanded and is gorgeous. We have been members here for years despite being from out of state and have loved every single bottle of wine we have received from them. Their customer service is top notch, too. Excellent winery and definitely a must-stop-and-taste location while in the area. Trip Advisor | November 19, 2013 | 4/5 Stars“A-maz-ing!”Of the dozen or so tastings we enjoyed this week on our recent visit from Denver, this was definitely top 2! The grounds and wines top notch, the staff attentive! Diana, a tasting room manager, especially deserves kudos. Friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We joined the club! And will be back.
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