Tara Vineyard is located on the lower, easterly facing slope of the hill adjacent to our winery. The vineyard was planted in 1998 with 4453 rootstock and later field budded to Dijon clone 115. The soil in this area has a dark charcoal hue without the river rock so prominent in our adjacent Syrah blocks. The vines have slowly been brought to maturity and irrigation is minimized to ensure
concentration of flavors and eventual dry farming.
Russian Hill Estate, a family owned and operated winery, is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Using the utmost care from vineyard to bottle, Russian Hill is dedicated to the production of world-class Pinot noir and Syrah. The key philosophy of the winery is to maintain the highest degree of excellence in viticultural and winemaking practices to allow wines to fully express the various vineyards that are their source.
Edward Gomez and Ellen Mack established Russian Hill in 1997 after a two-year intensive search for the appropriate site. It was imperative that the land be capable of producing outstanding estate vineyards but also allow for construction of a winery. Only by having full control of both the vineyard and wine production, did the team at Russian Hill feel they could produce wines of the quality they envisioned.