The historic Russian Settlement of Fort Ross was established on the Sonoma Coast in 1812 by the Russian-American Company. Here, on a nearby hillside, they began the rich tradition of grape growing in Northern California. Today Fort Ross Vineyard continues this grape growing tradition producing elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the steep ridges overlooking Fort Ross and the Pacfic Ocean.
Fort Ross Vineyard was selected to produce a special Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to commemorate the 1812 – 2012 Bicentennial of the old Russian Settlement of Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast. This was the site of the first grape plantings in all of Sonoma County and even fore shaddowed the plantings in Napa County. The winery was given permission from the Kunstkamera of the St. Peter the Great Museum in St. Petersburg to use the painting of the old fort done in 1841 by the famous naturalist, Il'ya Vosnesenky. The President of the Russian Federation is expected to attend the celebrations that will be both at the old Fort and at the Fort Ross Vineyard tasting room.
We invite you to enjoy these Bicentennial Commemorative Bottlings of our 2010 Pinot Noir and 2010 Chardonnay.