Situated on the edge of vast Sonoma Coast appellation, the Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area (AVA) is defined as much by its elevation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean as it is by its land boundaries: The American Viticulture Area (AVA) statutes limit plantings to land 920 to 1800 feet above sea level or higher. At that altitude, the terrain gets quite rugged. Out of 27,500 available acres (43 square miles), a mere 555 are actually usable. While these conditions present extra challenges, the elevation, mountainous terrain and proximity to the Pacific Ocean offer the perfect mix of sunshine, cool air and beneficial stress for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to thrive.
YOUNG AVA, OLD ROOTS.
Though the area was approved as an AVA in 2012, its origins go back to the founding of the state. Sonoma County’s first grapevines—a “lost” Peruvian varietal—were planted in 1817 by Russian explorers in what came to be called Fort Ross. But its modern history began in the 1960s and 70s with the back-to-the-land movement, when a young generation of hippies learned how best to live off the land. Thus, independence, non-conformity and stewardship are part of the AVA’s values.
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The Tasting Room
Overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean, floating above the coastal fog
and surrounded by forests and meadows,
the Fort Ross Vineyard Tasting Room beckons.
15725 Meyers Grade Road, Jenner, California 95450 • (707) 847-3460
SUMMER HOURS 10am to 6pm • WINTER HOURS 10am to 5pm
Entry Gate will close 30 minutes earlier.
FORT ROSS-SEAVIEW AVA EVENTS
3RD ANNUAL FORT ROSS-SEAVIEW WINE FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 17, 2015
The Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Festival is a celebration of the wines from our unique Sonoma County grape growing region with its cool maritime climate, rugged topography and marine influenced soils. Here the vineyards are like islands of sunshine above a sea of coastal fog that nips at their edges during the long, slow and temperate grape growing season making it perfect for pinot noir, chardonnay and more.
Fort Ross State Park, 19005 Coast Highway, Jenner, CA 9545
The Grand Tasting features local grape growers and winemakers, a chance to meet and greet the people behind the wines. Cheese sampling with Omar Mueller of Freestone Artisan Cheese and Sonoma County cheesemakers.
Includes a four-course meal of seasonal fare expertly paired with wines from the area, prepared by renowned local chefs. Chefs and menu will be announced soon.
DETAILS: 1pm – 3pm. Tickets for the Grand Luncheon include entrance to the Grand Tasting and Fort Ross Harvest Festival activities and entertainment. Grand Luncheon tickets will only be available by advanced purchase and will sell out.