Where Vineyards Meet the Redwoods


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Joe Becerra

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Where vineyards meet the Redwoods

Russian River Valley in Sonoma County

The Coastal Redwoods depend upon the fog bank that forms along the Pacific Coast from the Monterey area to the Northern border of California. Fog equals cool climate temperatures. Wherever Redwood trees thrive, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Alsatian varieties of grapes also thrive.

The Russian River Valley AVA is home to many wineries producing quality wines from this cool-climate region. The Pacific Ocean and the waters from the Russian River provide a daily dose of morning fog to the area. It’s the perfect environment for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Redwoods love this environment. The Redwoods have, of course, been here long before the first grape vines were sowed.  There are many places to view vineyards and Redwoods together, but we will focus on two areas.

Korbel Champagne Cellars

redwood trees at Korbel winery
Beautiful Redwood trees surround the Korbel Winery

One of the fun wineries that has a connection with Redwood Trees is Korbel Champagne Cellars. The Korbel Brothers originally made cigar boxes from the Redwood Trees. Later, they cleared the Redwood Forest in front of the property and planted the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes needed to make sparkling wine. The Korbel winery began in 1852, and it is a historic fixture on River Road. It is one of my favorite places to visit. We love the atmosphere and magic of this beautiful brick building. By the way, the inside structure is all Redwood. You can visit the winery and see the magnificent Redwood Trees that surround the winery. Korbel is at 13250 River Road, just a few miles east of the town of Guerneville.

Armstrong Grove State Park in Guerneville

Armstrong Grove State Prk
One of the beautiful groves of Coastal Redwoods at Armstrong Grove State Park in Guerneville

Not too far away from Korbel is one of the more fantastic groves of Redwood Trees at the Armstrong Grove State Park. An easy loop trail takes you through thick groves of tall and ancient Redwoods. It is a magical experience. For the more adventurous, try one of the many longer hikes in the park that will give you lasting pleasures of the amazing Coastal Redwoods.

Occidental Area – lots of wineries, lots of Redwoods

Vineyards along Graton Road on the way to Miramar Vineyards

Occidental is a quiet town nestled in Redwood country. Several backroads lead to beautiful views of both vineyards and Redwoods. Read about our stay in Occidental. This area is the heart of the Russian River Valley AVA. Check out our Wine Trail in this area. This photo shows vineyards belonging to Miramar Estate Vineyards and Winery. Miramar Torres is the proprietor, and a member of the famous Torres Family of Spain. The Pinot Noir wines are terrific. The winery is on Graton Road near the tiny town of Graton. Graton has three terrific places to dine. We love exploring the backroads in this area of the Russian River Valley. One backroad leads to another, and around each bend there is something exciting to see or do. Check out the map below.

Next up, in our series of Where Vineyards Meet the Redwoods is the Santa Cruz Mountain Area.

  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.

3 thoughts on “Where Vineyards Meet the Redwoods”

  1. Hey Joe! Thanks for reminding us about the best of all things we have here – wine and redwoods, YES!
    Enjoyed the variety of places you are recommending.
    Keep traveling and tasting in good health. Kris

  2. Kathy and I love Korbel.
    Need to do a day lunch trip thru the River, or an overnight at Northwood.


  3. ❤️ Favorite places to visit…thanks for your story. Redwoods and wine..perfect. Looking forward to your SantaCruz Mt visits

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