Raeburn is an Olde English term which means "the river where one goes to drink." So, it's fitting that Raeburn's expressive, beautifully balanced wines begin in the heart of the Russian River Valley where some of the world's finest Burgundy grapes are grown.
The Russian River Valley opens to the Pacific Ocean allowing cool fog and breezes to flow directly into the vineyards. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes benefit greatly from this maritime influence which fosters a longer more temperate growing season and yields fill flavored, complex wines with well-balanced acidity. The Russian River Valley appellation lies at the geographical heart of Sonoma County; this is where some of wine country's best known and most beloved varietals really earned their reputation, setting the standard for California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while remaining home to sought-after old vine Zinfandel.
Raeburn is located on Olivet Road, a quiet country lane in the heart of the Valley. Originally built as an egg storage facility, Olivet was converted to a small production winery by iconic Sonoma County vintner, Cecil DeLoach, in 2000. The winery was then purchased by wine and spirits innovator, Derek Benham, in 2005 and has since been Raeburn's home. Raeburn is made in a Certified California Sustainable Winery. Our system and set of beliefs reflect the best practices of sustainable production including mindful winemaking and low impact farming. We run one of the most eco-friendly, water-efficient facilities in the industry. A canopy over the winey diverts rainwater (up to one million gallons annually) into Atascadero Creek, a federally protected salmon-spawning habitat.
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