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Gary Farrell Winery

Gary Farrell Winery The production of "Gary Farrell" wines commenced in 1982, with the first release hitting the market in 1985. This wine, a 1982 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir produced from the Allen and Rochioli vineyards, became the most awarded Pinot Noir in America during 1985. Similar success with subsequent vintages (most awarded Pinot Noir in nine of the following fifteen vintages) further established Gary Farrell's reputation for consistency as a producer of superior varietal wines. Pinot Noir is Gary's varietal of choice - both as a producer and a consumer. He has been experimenting with many vineyards throughout the cooler regions of Sonoma County for many years, and his efforts are now primarily focused around a few selected Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast vineyards. These vineyards include the Allen Vineyard, the Rochioli Vineyard, Stiling Vineyard and Starr Ridge Vineyard in the Russian River Valley … and the Griffin Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast appellation. Cool breezes and nighttime fog from the Pacific Ocean provide significant cooling during the late spring and summer months … moderating temperatures and providing for a slow, even ripening of the fruit while preserving natural acidity. Wines from these regions are intensely flavored, wonderfully textured and are often admired for their impeccable balance and stylistic elegance. Gary is confident that access to these grapes, along with proven and meticulous cellaring techniques, will continue to provide some of the finest Pinot Noir wines obtainable.

From 101 North - Take the River Road / Mark West Exit, turn left and proceed west over the freeway. Follow River Road approximately 7 and ½ miles, turn right onto Wohler Road (directly across Farmhouse Inn). Follow Wohler Road across Wohler Bridge (a one lane historical bridge); at the end of the bridge turn left at the stop sign onto Westside Road. We are located approximately 1 mile on the right hand side, 10701 Westside Road. Please note it takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you exit until you drive up our driveway. Driving from Healdsburg: From The Historical Healdsburg Plaza - Go south on Healdsburg Ave. at the first stop light (5 way) turn right onto Mill Street (becomes Westside Road). Follow Westside Road in a southwesterly direction for approximately 10 miles to 10701 Westside Road. (Do not go over Wohler Bridge) We are approximately 1 mile past Wohler Bridge. Please note it takes approximately 20 minutes from the time you turn onto Westside Road.

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10701 Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA, US, 95448 Email:
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