The terroir speaks for itself at Rodney Strong Vineyards. In an area like Sonoma, known for grape growing…
some vines have deep roots in the soil… and in the community.
A visit to the Rodney Strong Tasting Room, is like a higher education on the terroir of Sonoma, with 14 estate vineyards offering a “vineyard to glass” and sustainable approach to wine-making.
Just south of the quaint town of Healdsburg, the winery and vineyard are nestled in the Russian River Valley. Situated in Sonoma County, the vineyards are defined by the cool ocean breezes that influence the climate in the entire region.
Wine Flights on the Terrace Overlooking the Vines?!? … Or perhaps a tour of the vineyards and wine making facilities? … Maybe you would rather enjoy a food and wine pairing experience??
All of these are available to visitors… and more at this winery. As you walk through the vines, you can begin to get a better understanding of the differences between them.
In order to grow grapes on estate properties and ensure steps are taken to safeguard the delicate eco-system, sustainable practices are key to long-term success.
Looking to the future and continuing to innovate are also key to a winery’s overall success with so much competition on the market.
It all started at Rodney Strong when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue a second lifelong creative passion: wine-making. The Klein Family, 4th generation California farmers, purchased the winery in 1989 and initiated a renewed commitment of modern artisan style wine making.
Through the years, the winery has earned the reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, stand out Estate releases and best-in-class Sonoma County varietal wines.
Rodney Strong established Sonoma County’s 13th bonded winery in 1959.
From the website: “Grape vines can be grown nearly anywhere in the world that offers soil and sunlight. Yet, it is more important to note that certain regions outshine all others. Why? Because grape vines establish an unusual symbiotic relationship with their environment.
Deeply rooted in the soils, the vines respond to tiny changes in elevation, slope, sun exposure and weather patterns, absorbing all of these elements in endless combination and delivering them with an almost magical alchemy into the fruit they produce. This is terroir. Perhaps in more than any other agricultural product, when it comes to winegrowing – place matters.”
“Place is not everything. But place is the most important thing. When you discover a passion for something, whether it’s golf or jazz, politics or poetry, you want to live it and breathe it.” – Tom Klein, Proprietor
The winery seems determined to give back to the community that gave them their roots. A rich history and passion for wine.
Going Beyond Wine To Build Community
The Rodney Strong Winery and Tasting Room has become a gathering point for the local community. There is warmth and a vibrancy here. The tasting room is a place where people come together and enjoy wine with friends, creating memories and reasons to come back again and again.
On the outdoor summer terrace, visitors can enjoy an outdoor seated wine flight, including many winery exclusive selections.
One can even pair a wine flight with a locally sourced cheese & charcuterie plate for a light snack along the wine road. This is a wonderful seasonal option, April through October.
I always enjoy the summer concert series and also picnics with friends throughout the year on the beautifully landscaped property. Favorite concerts I’ve been lucky enough to attend at Rodney Strong include Kenny Loggins and Chris Isaak, with glass in hand!
When we visit, we taste through the exceptional wines every time. It’s ALL about the quality… of the wine and… of the experience itself.
Locals and tourists alike lounge together on the patio and taste through the wines with leisure. One of the reasons that people visit this spot, is the winery’s ability to educate visitors on environmental health, economic feasibility and social equity of vineyard management…
all important to overall sustainability of the entire region. They also come for the amazing pours!!
At Rodney Strong, they seem to believe that if you improve the quality of life in the community around you… you can also ensure exceptional wines in the glass.
In giving back through community involvement, something special has been going on at the winery for years. As a local business, they are committed to helping their neighbors.
The winery supports many organizations throughout Sonoma County in a variety of ways in order to aide them in the amazing work they do for the greater good. Below are just a few of the organizations Rodney Strong has helped.
The Klein Family proudly supports the following organizations:
WELLS FARGO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Just a few miles down Old Redwood Highway from the winery, the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts offers an array of cultural, popular and family programming selected to enrich and entertain the North Bay community. The center includes a contemporary art museum, an education program and community use of the facility.
CORE – Children of Restaurant Employees
CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) provides support to children and families of restaurant employees who are experiencing or afflicted by life-altering circumstances.
Rodney Strong Vineyards is dedicated to crafting world-class wines that capture the essence of Sonoma County.
11455 Old Redwood Highway Healdsburg, CA 95448