Fodor's Expert Review Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
Pass through an impressive metal gate and wind your way up a steep hill to reach this winery with knockout Russian River Valley views from the elegant two-tiered tasting room and terrace outside. In 2017 Wine Enthusiast Magazine named a Gary Farrell Chardonnay wine of the year, one among many accolades for this winery known for sophisticated single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The private Exploration Tour & Tasting, which includes a winery tour and artisanal cheeses, provides a solid introduction. The quicker Elevation Tasting (no tour) takes place inside or on the terrace; the Inspiration Tasting, in a private salon, concentrates on gifted winemaker Theresa Heredia's Pinot Noirs. All visits are by appointment, but same-day Elevation reservations are usually possible during the week.