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 | 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 “Fabulous lunch, tasting, and education”My friends and I visited Gary Farrell on January 31 for the "Sense of Place Terroir Tasting & Lunch". The property is as beautiful and well-maintained as ever, with a gorgeous view looking out over the hills. Lydia, who conducted our tasting, was delightful, and very knowledgeable about not only the winery and its history, but also the surrounding region and vineyards in the vicinity. We tasted a wide variety of Gary Farrell's offerings, which were wonderful, and were able to enjoy the wines over a splendidly-prepared lunch. I highly recommend the experience. 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 16, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Beautiful Winery”We had an appointment for a private tasting. The wine educator was very knowledgeable. We tried a variety of wines. The experiences included snacks to go with the wines. It was a wonderful experience. 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! Trip Advisor | September 10, 2015 | 5/5 Stars“Beautiful!”Beautiful scenery and great wines make this a must see winery if you're in the Russian River Valley. One tip: you can't bring your own food onto the property, but you can book a lunch through the winery. The sandwiches were great and worth it. 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 | August 1, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “The view is worth the drive!”This winery was one of several featured in a book provided by our hotel. The photos convinced us it was worth the 1 hour drive from Napa and they were not deceiving. Call ahead to make a reservation and a table on the patio will be waiting for you. Three Chardonnays and three Pinot noirs plus a cheese plate. So delightful. Our wine educator, Lydia, brought over 8 years experience and knowledge and much enthusiasm for the California wine industry. Highly recommend. 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. Yelp | May 31, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Great Winery with Epic View ”Great Winery with Epic View. Garret and I stopped by this winery during the week. They are normally strictly by appointment, however, since it was a weekday they were able to accommodate the two of us. Thank goodness. The chardonnays and pinot noir are incredible. They offer a small cheese plate that pairs well. For larger parties they have a private room. The tasting room has two great tables and a super neat bar that spans the entire amazing view. And the view... Wow. There is an incredible view of the Russian River Valley. If you have one winery to visit in the Russian River. Trip Advisor | April 12, 2015 | 5/5 Stars “Amazing customer service with your wine!”We had the tour and tasting on the terrace and it was amazing! Luckily our tour was small because we did the first one of the day and Tara was fantastic. She told us all kinds of interesting facts and was open to any questions. She gave us time to ourselves during the tasting, which was amazing and more than generous! We signed up for Grand Crew before we left and even received a handwritten note from Tara thanking us. One of the best tasting experiences ever.
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