Balletto Vineyards is located in the Russian River Valley AVA. John Balletto owns 100 acres of Chardonnay, 60 acres of Pinot Noir, and 5 acres of Pinot Gris on his family’s 280 acre home estate. In addition to this property, Mr. Balletto owns 3 other vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA.
He sells most of these grapes to other wineries, but produces a small amount of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Zinfandel. Balletto handcrafted his first vintage in 2001.
The winery recently opened a beautiful tasting room in early 2006. In addition to tasting Balletto’s wines at this facility, visitors can also sample vintages from Dutton Goldfield, another family-owned winery.
The 2004 Balletto Estate Chardonnay is made with grapes grown on the family’s original property. It was aged in French oak barrels for 9 months and underwent 100% malolactic fermentation. 615 cases of this wine were produced.