Why We Love the Russian River Valley

Winemaker Donald Patz selected the Russian River Valley as the source for the new Maritana Vineyards wines because having worked with grapes from Mendocino to Monterey; from Napa Valley to the Sonoma Coast the Russian River Valley produced the wines he loved the most. There’s something wonderful and beautiful about the Russian River Valley. It’s very complex geologically with a number of different kinds of soils – it has both hillsides and valley floor vineyard sites – it has a long history of grape growing – it is physically a beautiful area – there is a great deal of human expertise growing and tending vineyards in the Russian River Valley – and the climate is ideal for our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Wines. We are glad to be a part of the Russian River Valley community of wineries.

Our 2018 Russian River Vineyard Sources

    • DUTTON RANCH – this is a collection of 80 vineyards and over 1200 acres. MARITANA VINEYARDS has the original planting at Shop Block 1967 and the most highly prized Hansen Hill. Superb Chardonnay growers. This is the cornerstone of the “La Rivière” Russian River Valley Chardonnay cuvée.


    • JENKINS RANCH – located in the hills to the SW of Sebastopol on perfect Gold Ridge Loam soils the Jenkins Ranch is lovingly farmed by the master vineyardist Charlie Chenoweth. Deeply flavored and complex wines are the result of both site and the vineyard work.


    • MARTAELLA VINEYARD – the home ranch for the Benovia Winery and planted with a number of clones of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. MARITANA VINEYARDS is taking 3 different clones of Pinot Noir to form the core of the “Le Russe” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir cuvée. Perfumed and complex wines with great textures – it will deliver superb quality.