Subscribe Register Login
Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:07 p.m.

Russians first found valley rich in grapes

California's Russian River Valley has sustained farmers for more than 150 years, and today remains one of the state's prized growing grounds for astounding grapes. The Sonoma County valley got its name from Russian explorers who settled around Fort Ross, near the river's mouth on the Pacific Ocean, around 1812. They were there to set up a military site to explore, fish and hunt for their settlements in Alaska.

Click here to login or subscribe below.

Archive Purchase Required

Stories older than 7-days are available in our extensive story library.

This story is only available from the Arkansas Online archives. Stories can be purchased individually after you register with the archive library. Contact the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette library at (501) 378-3851 with the section, date and page information below, if you are unable to locate this story.

  • Headline: Russians first found valley rich in grapes
  • Publication:
Search Archives
Benefits icon

Stay InformedKnow more about what's going on in the world, in Arkansas and in your own neighborhood.

Save MoneyThousands of dollars in savings every day with deals from our local advertisers, Arkansas' largest classifieds section and our huge Sunday coupon package.

Be EntertainedFrom movies and arts to sports and things to do on the weekend, you'll never miss out on great events and entertainment.

Available all the timeRead when you want, how you want. Access all of our coverage in print, online, on your smartphone or on your tablet computer with your subscription.

Smart DecisionsReading the newspaper gives you information that helps you make smart decisions for you and your family. Subscribing to the newspaper is an investment in yourself.