Our Vineyards

J Vineyards & Winery strives to translate the diversity of the Russian River Valley – from the cool, coastal locations to the bright, sun-drenched hillsides – to the bottle. Each of our estate vineyards offers a distinct expression of a different location within the vast Russian River Valley AVA. Diverse soils and cool, coastal micro-climates create unique growing conditions to maximize flavor expression. In this renowned winegrowing region, J Vineyards & Winery are true stewards of the land, tending to cool-climate grape varieties that offer fruit-forward flavors and a crisp natural acidity.    

Our Vineyards

Bow Tie Vineyard

Planted in 2009, this vineyard is called Bow Tie because of its shape when viewed aerially. This stunning vineyard with undulating hills is located on the western side of Russian River along Westside Road. Bow Tie features spectacular vistas of the entire Russian River from its highest point, majestic Mount Saint Helena to the east, and winds down to the Russian River itself. Pinot Noir from here typically exhibits a bright red fruit character with great depth of character.

  • Aspect: Southeast
  • Trellising: VSP
  • Acreage: 22.1 Pinot Noir acres / 15.5 Chardonnay acres
  • Varieties: Chardonnay (clones Dijon 76, 17, Wente, Z); Pinot Noir (clones Pommard, Rochioli Selection, Swan, 2A, Dijon 115, 667, 777, 828, 943)
  • Soils: Arbuckle, Zamora, Yolo and Cortina 

Nicole’s Vineyard

Nicole's Vineyard is located on Eastside Road just south of the winery, up on an eastern bench high above the Russian River. This vineyard was the first vineyard acquired for J Vineyards & Winery. Nicole’s features three blocks of one Pinot Noir clone each – 2A, 113, and 115. Nicole’s holds a special place in history for us, as it was the first estate vineyard to provide grapes for our sparkling wines. Pinot Noir from Nicole’s Vineyard offers notes of ripe red currant and spice with a robust mouthfeel.

  • Aspect: Southeast / West
  • Trellising: VSP
  • Acreage: 40 acres
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir (clones 2A, 115, 113)
  • Soils: Arbuckle loam

Robert Thomas Vineyard

Robert Thomas Vineyard is located at the “elbow” of the Russian River on Westside Road, where it turns before it heads west to the Pacific Ocean. Robert Thomas is broken apart into multiple blocks of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones that are rooted in diverse alluvial gravel, clay and loam soils that are primarily identified as Zamora. During the growing season, a thick coastal fog hangs close to the ground, usually burning off by mid-day. This weather pattern provides a long fruit hang-time and grapes of extraordinary flavor. Pinot Noir from Robert Thomas typically showcases more elegant flavors with a crisp acidity.

  • Aspect: Southeast
  • Trellising: VSP
  • Acreage: 2 Chardonnay acres / 43 Pinot Noir acres
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir (clones 2A, 828, Rochioli, 113, 115, 667, 777, Pommard, 943); Chardonnay (clones Mount Eden, Wente)
  • Soils: Zamora and Cortina

Annapolis Ridge Vineyard

The vines of Annapolis Ridge Vineyard span a rugged coastal hillside close to the Pacific Ocean. Once the morning fog burns off, the grapes here bask in intense sunlight throughout the day. With a higher elevation and steep plantings, this vineyard has lower yields that offer intensely flavorful grapes with a crisp natural acidity. 

  • Aspect: Southwest
  • Trellising: VSP 
  • Acreage: 42 acres
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir (clones Pommard, 23, 37, 115, 667, 777, 828)
  • Soils: Goldridge sandy loam underlain with sandstone

Canfield Vineyard

Planted in 2009, this cool-climate vineyard is planted entirely to Pinot Noir grapes. Located off Canfield Road, the cool air flowing through the Petaluma Gap from the Pacific Ocean greatly influences the quality of these grapes. A former chicken farm, Canfield is divided into five unique blocks. The J winemaking team chose specific Pinot Noir clones that thrive in each plot. Canfield is the closest of all of our vineyards to the Pacific Ocean, and also sees the coolest temperatures throughout the growing season, resulting in more elegant flavors with heightened acidity.

  • Aspect: Southwest
  • Trellising: VSP
  • Acreage: 16.5 acres
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir (clones Pommard, 777, 828, 943, 667)
  • Soil: Goldridge

Cooper Vineyard

Planted in 1989, Cooper Vineyard is located right outside of our J Visitor Center. Planted exclusively to Pinot Gris, this vineyard is named after Paul Cooper, a former winery employee who was an avid arborist responsible for the beautiful design of the gardens and trees on our estate. Cooper Vineyard produces vibrant Pinot Gris with bright tropical and citrus flavors.

  • Aspect: West
  • Trellising: VSP
  • Acreage: 3 acres
  • Varieties: Pinot Gris
  • Soil: Haire clay loam
Robert Thomas Vineyard Aerial.

Robert Thomas Vineyard Aerial.

Nicole's Vineyard Rolling Hills.

Nicole's Vineyard Rolling Hills.

The morning fog over Bow Tie Vineyard.

The morning fog over Bow Tie Vineyard.