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UNLIKELY PIONEERS IN SONOMA COUNTY VITICULTURE
It’s been over 200 years since the Russian colonists of Fort Ross (Russian: Форт-Росс), planted what are believed to be the earliest known winegrapes in what is now Sonoma County. Fort Ross was the hub of the southernmost Russian settlement in North America between 1812 and 1842.
Although Fort Ross was abandoned in 1842, it served as the foundation for today’s Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast winegrape growers. Today, at Terra de Promissio, we fly the Russian-American Flag in honor of Sonoma County's first viticulture pioneers. This is the same type of flag--with the words: Russian American (Российская-Американская) in cyrillic below the double headed eagle--that the Russian colonists flew at their settlement on the Sonoma Coast.