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May 18, 2021 | Fort Ross

Sonoma Magazine Features our Protea Garden

Our Favorite Winery Gardens in Sonoma

By Megan McCrea, Sonoma Magazine May 2021

"Proteas on the Coast: In a nod to the owners’ native South Africa, a vast collection of rare proteas takes pride of place at coastal Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery. Look for the ‘Pink Mink’—pink flowers with black feathery tips—and the ‘Scarlet Ribbon’ Pincushion, a bright-red bloom with orange spikes."

We are so happy to see our lovely protea garden featured in Sonoma Magazine. Now is the best time to view them as they are in full bloom - reservations are from 10am to 3pm, Friday - Monday. Book online or call us at (707) 847-3460 to reserve your tasting!

Time Posted: May 18, 2021 at 4:15 PM Permalink to Sonoma Magazine Features our Protea Garden Permalink
Fort Ross
February 3, 2021 | Fort Ross

Fort Ross Vineyard Featured in Sonoma Magazine

12 Sonoma Wineries to Visit Right Now

Sunny days are coming. Here's where to sip wine outdoors.

Make a reservation to visit our Estate Tasting Room on the wild Sonoma Coast this Valentine's Day.


Fort Ross Vineyard is featured in Sonoma Magazine's latest article: 12 Wineries to Visit Right Now. Join us this Valentine's Day at our Estate Tasting Room for a special opportunity to taste our 2015 Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Pinot Noir! This limited-production, 37 cases, sparkling wine is made from all estate-grown Pinot Noir in the traditional method, secondary fermentation in bottle. This adds toasty flavors of brioche and vanilla to the citrus and light berry fruit notes from the Pinot Noir. 

Tastings are available by reservation online or by calling us at (707) 847-3460.

FEATURED: Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery

The Fort Ross-Seaview AVA is one of Sonoma County’s smallest, with fewer than 600 planted acres, located on steep coastal ridges inland from the ocean with elevations ranging from 920 to 1,800 feet. These slopes produce some of the finest cool-climate grapes in the county, though Fort Ross winery owners Lester and Linda Schwartz were warned decades ago that great fruit would likely not flourish in such foggy conditions. Proving the naysayers wrong, they carved out 53 acres of vineyards planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and, in a nod to their South African roots, Pinotage.

The winery was closed for a time in August while a nearby wildfire was brought under control. “We were very fortunate and are immensely grateful for the firefighters who held the line and prevented the fire from reaching the property,” explains vice president Johanna Bernstein. The tasting room reopened as quickly as possible, offering samples of four estate-grown wines together with a pairing of charcuterie or artisanal cheeses, with house-made morsels that might include duck with dried sour-cherry terrine, local rabbit rillette, and marinated vegetables.

On Valentine’s Day weekend, along with the usual wine-and-food pairing expect a welcoming taste of the winery’s limited production Sea Stars Sparkling Blanc de Noir, made from estate-grown Pinot, as well as sweet treats to take home.

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January 1, 2015 | Fort Ross

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  • Exploring a California Wine Region Producing Fine Pinot Noir 5/16/2018
  • Robb Report: Sonoma’s Secret Elite Wine Region 5/18/2018
  • Winery Review: Fort Ross Vineyard 4/16/2018
  • The Lake Tahoe Antidote: Snow-Free Winter Getaways in Northern California 02/19/2018
  • Forget Everything You Know About California Pinot Noir 01/29/2018
  • Fort Ross Winery’s New Sea Slopes Brand Captures the Essence of the Sonoma Coast
  • Market Watch: Here's the perfect wine for your Thanksgiving feast 11/17/2017
  • Sonoma Coast: A Traveler’s Guide - 11/04/2015
  • 2015 Best of the Beach - Sunset Magazine, August 2015
  • Fort Ross-Seaview, an AVA - Elaine Chukan Brown on 06/04/2015
  • The Extremists of the Extreme Sonoma Coast - Anne Krebiehl MW, World of Fine Wine, Iss. 48 2015
  • Fortunes of Fort Ross-Seaview - Top 10 Wineries -  3/1/15
  • Go-to Spots for the Best Coastal Chardonnays - PRESS DEMOCRAT 8/30/2014
  • The Little AVA That Could - Chicagoist 7/25/2014
  • West Sonoma Coast: Distinctive, Cool Climate Pinot, Chardonnay & Syrah - Richard Jennings, Huffington Post, 8/22/13
  • Sonoma Coast's New A-Lister - WINE ENTHUSIAST April 2013
  • Does Much-Unloved Pinotage Deserve Another Look? - WALL STREET JOURNAL 1/12/2013
  • Q & A: Linda Schwartz, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery - 12/18/2012
  • Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery - INSIDE SONOMA 11/2/2012
  • Above the Fog - NORTH BAY BIZ 10/2012
  • Taking Root - PRESS DEMOCRAT 9/18/12
  • A Visit to the California Vineyard Nearest to the Pacific Ocean - FOOD GAL 9/14/12
  • Pinot Meets Pinotage at the Edge of the Continent - NORTH BAY BOHEMIAN 8/29/12
  • Fort Ross Vineyard Opens Tasting Room on Sonoma Coast 8/9/12
  • Sonoma Beckons - WINE SPECTATOR 6/15/12
  • An Insider's Guide to Sonoma - Exploring Wine with Tim Fish 5/23/12
  • Winegazer TV Episode 23: #ChardDay 5/21/12
  • NewsTalk 910 "Dining Around" Interview on 4/21/12
  • X-Treme Terroir, TASTING PANEL APRIL 2012
  • Reconsider Pinotage - ZESTER DAILY 4/2/12
  • San Andreas Winemakers Fight Wild Boar to Make Pinot Paradise - BLOOMBERG 3/18/12
  • CRN "What's Cookin' Today" Interview on 2/21/12
  • Fort Ross-Seaview Viticultural Area Approved 12/14/11
  • Chardonnay 2009 ranked #28 in Top 100 Wines of 2011!
  • KGO Radio "Dining Around" Sonoma in the City Interview on 7/11/11
  • Sonoma Coast Pioneers by Gerald D. Boyd
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