Russian Hill Estate Winery
Situated in the Russian River Valley, this family-owned winery benefits from a low-lying afternoon fog that encourages the growth of cool-climate grapes like Syrah and Pinot Noir. Established in 1997 by medical doctors Ed Gomez and Ellen Mack, the property has 30 acres of vineyards which produce approximately 5,000 cases annually. Wine samples are served in the on-site tasting room, as well as on the outside patio amid panoramic views of the surrounding landscape—a patchwork of hills, vineyards, ponds, California oaks, and on clear days, historic hop kilns. The staff also encourages visitors to bring their own picnic baskets.