Fodor's Expert Review Rochioli Vineyards and Winery
Claiming one of the prettiest picnic sites in the area, with tables overlooking the vineyards, this winery has an airy little tasting room with a romantic view. Production is small and fans on the winery's mailing list snap up most of the bottles, but the winery is still worth a stop to sample the estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and, when available, the Sauvignon Blanc. Because of the cool growing conditions in the Russian River Valley, the flavors of the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are intense and complex, and the Pinot Noir, which helped cement the Russian River's status as a Pinot powerhouse, is consistently excellent. Tastings are by appointment only on Tuesday and Wednesday.