Photo credit: Will Bucquoy
If you’re a Chard and Pinot fan then you may know the name Gary Farrell. His namesake winery – Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery – in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, became the go to for lovers of Burgundian, acid driven wines that reflect the character of the vineyard. And these are storied vineyards – Rocioli, Bacigalupi, Durell, Gap’s Crown, Sanford & Benedict, Bien Nacido and more.
For the past 10 years, Theresa Heredia has been leading the winemaking at this storied winery. Theresa’s path to wine was a real journey. Originally a PhD Chemistry candidate, she traded peptides for wine, leaving doctorate studies for testing pH levels in wine.
Now she’s carrying on founder and Russian River Valley pioneer Gary Farrell’s vision with passion, talent and heart, celebrating the winery’s 40th anniversary!
Theresa’s adding her own touch to the winemaking here. But she’s also opening the cellar doors wide, making the winery and tasting room a welcoming place for all — especially BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery
10701 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Wines tasted in this episode:
2019 Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
2918 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma County