Why We Love the Russian River Valley

Learn more about our Russian River Valley wines

May 11, 2017

In 2002, three years after launching Twomey with our single vineyard Soda Canyon Ranch Merlot, we followed a calling to produce Pinot Noir. Our inspiration? The terroir of the Russian River Valley, known for its cool climate, fog-laden mornings and volcanic soils. In other words, perfect Pinot ground.

We have long since expanded our Pinot bottlings, but the Russian River Valley remains our first love. It’s the home of our Twomey Healdsburg winery and the vineyard that started it all: Westpin. Explore the sites that helped turn Pinot into our passion.

Westpin Vineyard  

  • Location: On the western banks of the Russian River, a few miles southwest of downtown Healdsburg on Westside Road.
  • Fun Fact: The first vintage in 2002 was an all-hands-on-deck effort. David R. Duncan, President and CEO of Silver Oak & Twomey, was spotted doing punchdowns.
  • Farming: Though we have a long-term lease on the property, we do the farming ourselves. We planted new Pinot vines in the early 2000s and our viticulture team manages all aspects of the vineyard from pruning to picking.
  • Wine Style: A continuous flow of cool air allows grapes to develop full, complex maturity with delicate fruit flavors like black plum and sweet berry.

Last Stop Vineyard

  • Location: In downtown Forestville in the Green Valley area of the Russian River Valley.
  • Fun fact: Called “Last Stop” because it was the last stop on the old Petaluma-Santa Rosa rail line, which used to bring weekenders up from San Francisco. The old depot is still close to the property.
  • Estate: In 2014, Last Stop became our first estate Pinot Noir vineyard in the Russian River Valley and we began producing a single vineyard Pinot Noir from the site.
  • Wine Style: Known for its red fruit and fresh tartness, fruit from our Last Stop Vineyard has pomegranate and Gravenstein apple character.

Bailey Vineyard

  • Location: Mid-way between the towns of Occidental and Sebastopol, Bailey is secluded on the eastern side of the coastal range in a dense forest that includes redwoods, pines and bay trees.
  • Fun fact: In some years our fruit from Bailey vineyard is the last to arrive at the winery due to the vineyard’s cool climate and intense fog.
  • Site: Bailey is the highest in elevation of our Russian River Valley vineyards with a rocky, hillside slope.
  • Wine Style: High density plantings produce inky, dense fruit with a touch of acidity.