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Rooted In The Russian River Valley

Our Legacy

In 1982 - before the Russian River AVA even existed - Gary Farrell crafted his first Pinot Noir from fruit grown in the now-legendary Rochioli Vineyard. Today, we continue Gary’s legacy and seek out only the vineyards that possess a truly unique voice. Then we craft wines to tell their story, from the Russian River Valley and beyond.

Our Winemaker

Throughout our long history in the Russian River Valley, we’ve told the stories of vineyard and vintage through the lens of winemaking. A specialist in small-lot, single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, our Winemaker Theresa Heredia leads our team with a keen appreciation for Gary Farrell's hallmark style of balance and elegance, while adding her own signature to the wines through an adventurous spirit of innovation and a strong camaraderie with the land.
Winemaker Theresa Heredia
Gary Farrell Vineyard winemaker Theresa Heredia walking through a Russian River Valley vineyard at sunset

Accolades

Top 100 Winery
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Gary Farrell Winery
2020
95 Points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2018 Rochioli Vineyard
Pinot Noir
95 Points
James Suckling
2019 Russian River Selection
Pinot Noir
95 Points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2018 Fort Ross Vineyard
Pinot Noir
95 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2019 Durell Vineyard
Chardonnay
95 Points
Wine Review Online
2018 Hallberg Vineyard
Pinot Noir
94 Points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2018 Russian River Selection
Chardonnay
94 Points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2017 Rochioli-Allen Vinyeards
Pinot Noir
93 Points
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2018 Olivet Lane Vineyard
Chardonnay
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We are continually inspired by our history. Innovation is, after all, the best way to honor the legacy of a pioneer.

Our Team
Nancy Bailey
Nancy Bailey
General Manager
With a love of food and wine sparked by her world travels, Nancy moved to California after earning a Masters in International Relations at Tufts University. Nancy honed her marketing and management acumen at wineries in Napa and Healdsburg before joining the Gary Farrell team.
Brent McCoy
Brent McKoy
Associate Winemaker
After earning a degree in English from East Carolina University, working in the art industry, then as a landscaper, Brent discovered his passion for wine along his world travels. After working at Robert Mondavi Winery, Brent joined our cellar team in 2005.
Theresa Heredia
Theresa Heredia
Director of Winemaking
After a Biochemistry degree from Cal Poly, Theresa continued to the Chemistry and Enology Ph.D program at U.C. Davis before following her passion for winemaking. Theresa joined our team in 2012, and has earned over 400 90+ scores for her Gary Farrell wines.
Kila Gomer
Kila Gomer
Member & Customer Services Manager
Raised along the Russian River, Kila employs both her passion for wine and her knack for customer service in her role at Gary Farrell. Joining our team in 2013, she most enjoys the opportunity to interact with Grand Crew wine club members.
Max Heidenreich
Brand Ambassador
With over three decades of hospitality experience, Max brings years of building wine programs for some of the most prestigious restaurants in the country. He has worked with distinguished chefs to design and develop their wine menus and programs, and all paired perfectly with the menu. He is committed to making wine fun and approachable, giving you an unforgettable experience to celebrate together on the road or virtually.
Jeffrey Vakassian
Hospitality Manager
Louisa D'Orazio
West Coast Brand Ambassador
Originally from New Jersey, Louisa’s desire to explore different cultures landed her in Cambodia where she got her start in the wine industry. After years of importing wine, she’s thrilled to now be working directly at the source and looks forward to growing her own roots in Sonoma County.
Gabe Brezic
Estate Sommelier
Utilizing his liberal arts degree as a busboy in a fine dining restaurant, Gabe had a wine epiphany moment that changed his life. He has since spent the last 15 years working as a wine and hospitality professional at wineries in Napa and Sonoma while earning both the Certified Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator credentials.
Allen Peterson
Estate Concierge
A local of West County, Allen acquired his degree in Santa Rosa, majoring in business with a minor in dance. His agriculture experience began on his parent’s farms in Sebastopol and Kenwood, growing Gravenstein apples and wine grapes. With 10 years working for the County & 8 years in hospitality, Allen has honed his customer service skills and enjoys showing guests all the little “nooks and crannies” in the Sonoma County area.
Alyson White
Alyson White
DTC Manager
Alyson’s passion for wine and direct to consumer operations led her to Gary Farrell, having overseen the tasting room, wine club, e-commerce, hospitality, and events at several Sonoma County wineries, large & small.
Laura O'Hanesian
Estate Ambassador
As a fourth generation northern Californian, Laura can’t remember a time when Pinot Noir was not a part of family festivities. Laura is genuinely proud to be a part of our wine industry that binds us together as we all work to bring the grapes to the glass.
Alex Jones
Direct & Digital Marketing Manager
Alex is a passionate Digital Marketer originally from Roanoke, Virginia. Using his knowledge in video production and e-commerce, he creates engaging content and strategies geared towards providing a unique customer experience.
Neal Coats
Estate Ambassador
A 20-year veteran of the Sonoma County wine biz, Neal is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Liberal Arts degree. With stints both in the cellar and tasting room at many family-owned wineries, Neal has also judged wine professionally for many years at the California State Fair Wine Competition.
Profile photo of Vernon Bratton, Private Client Liason of Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery in the Russian River Valley
Vernon Bratton
Private Client Liaison
Turning his love of fine wine into a fulfilling career, Vernon joined our team in 2014 after honing his skills in the Napa Valley. Vernon’s knowledge of winegrowing regions and producers around the world makes him a rich resource to our members and fans.
Ellyn Ludwig
Estate Ambassador
Ellyn is a fine artist who has a passion for wine and people and loves having the opportunity to connect with guests and members through pinot noir and chardonnay.
Tre Gibbs
Estate Ambassador
As a California transplant from the East Coast, great Burgundian style wine was just out of reach for this professional voice actor. Then, after falling in love with the Russian River Valley and all it has to offer, that was no longer an issue. Introducing Tre Gibbs - voice actor and wine aficionado, welcoming you to Gary Farrell Winery.
Howard Schoenfeld
Howard Schoenfeld
Estate Ambassador
It was over 25 years ago, on a visit to wine country while an attorney in Milwaukee, that a bottle of classic Russian River Pinot Noir ignited Howard’s passion for wine. Since then, he has studied, tasted, collected it and traveled throughout Europe and South Africa to explore their wines and sharpen his palate.
Peter Treleaven
Peter Treleaven
Cellar Master
After growing up in Sonoma County, Peter graduated from UC Davis, then got his first taste of harvest. He fell in love with the challenge, intensity, and teamwork of working as part of a winery crew, and joined the Gary Farrell crew in 2017.
Randy Czech
Vineyard Liaison
Randy left behind a 5-year career in craft beer to pursue a career in California wine in 2002. From planting and field work to viticulture and management, Randy has worked with shovel, shears, and spreadsheets for premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers including Flowers, Freestone, and Failla. He joined the Gary Farrell team in late 2019, putting his know-how and industry connections to work as Vineyard Liaison.
Meaghan Hodge
Oenologist
Meaghan’s love for wine began at a young age working alongside her grandfather in the family winery located in the Sierra Foothills. After graduating from Cal Poly with a B.S. in Wine and Viticulture, she moved to Sonoma to pursue her dream of making world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Regina Fell
Regina Fell
Accounting Manager
Regina was born and raised in Suisun Valley, CA wandering the vineyards and fields behind her childhood home. After attending college in NW Oregon, double majoring in Business and French Studies, and a semester in Paris, Regina followed her love of wine to Northern California wine country.
Rachelle Sanders
Rachelle Sanders
Winery Administrative Assistant
Rachelle joined the Gary Farrell team in 2006 after beginning her career as a medical assistant. Rachelle is always ready to lend a hand to her team, whether it be in the office or the cellar, or baking up special occasion treats, to the delight of the rest of the team.
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Diversity Pledge

We believe in a culture of inclusiveness and celebrate all ages, races, religions, ethnic minorities and sexual orientations. Equality is a pillar of our business; we commit to cultivating, advocating, and supporting diversity and inclusion within the global food and beverage community.
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The Land

Vineyards of distinction. Passionate growers. Unparalleled relationships. With each and every bottle, these are the cornerstones of our winemaking.
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