Potter Valley Wine History
The Impact of Potter Valley History on Current Wine Grape Growing
The two men were on a mission to find the source of the Russian River. They not only discovered the river’s headwaters, but also a lush inland valley. Potter eventually there, and gave the valley its name.
The development of the region has been very slow ever since. Potter Valley attracts individuals and families that want to leave the hectic pace of the modern world. Visiting the area really is like stepping back in time.
In 1970, Guinness McFadden fell in love with the valley and left his New York job to become a farmer. McFadden Farm grows a variety of agricultural goods in their fertile soils.
Grapes began to be planted with more regularity during the late 1970s and 1980s. The region’s unique characteristics were recognized in 1983 when AVA status was granted. There are currently over 1,000 acres of vineyards in the Potter Valley.
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