"Our story begins in the Russian River Valley, where Gary Farrell made his first wines on handshake deals with the growers in the region's pioneer growers - Rochioli, Allen, Hallberg - whose Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards captured a time and a place. Today, we maintain this approach to winemaking, starting in the vineyards of the Russian River AVA and beyond, with the same focus on pure varietal expression.
For over 37 years, Gary Farrell Winery has crafted small-lot artisan wines capturing balance and stylistic elegance from some of the finest vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley. In 1985, Winemaker Gary Farrell released his 55 cases of 1982 Rochioli-Allen Pinot Noir to widespread critical acclaim. Since that release, the team at Gary Farrell Winery has consistently focused on rigorous vineyard selection, outstanding grower relationships, and superior quality fruit. For the past 8 years, the current owners have been dedicated to enhancing Gary Farrell’s legacy with a single-minded focus on quality.
Winemaker Theresa Heredia, a champion of cool climate pinot noir and chardonnay, joined the team in 2012. As the long-time winemaker at Joseph Phelps’ Freestone Vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Theresa is a highly respected specialist in small-lot, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Theresa has a keen appreciation for the acclaimed Gary Farrell Winery house style, which emphasizes elegance and balance. Her experience and passion for exploration, in the vineyards and winery, made her the ideal person to carry on this legacy, while bringing a spirit of innovation to the winemaking." -- Winery