Alexander Valley, Geyserville & the Russian River
Alexander Valley denotes the bench lands east of the Russian River lending up to the Mayacamas Mountains. The area is sheltered from the influence of the nearby Pacific Oceans by the low-lying hills northeast of Healdsburg. The dominant vineyard soil of the region is alluvial. During the day, the Alexander Valley is one of the warmest areas in Northern California but at night it experiences a wide diurnal temperature variation that offers cool climate conditions. The region’s proximity to the Russian River serves a source for early morning fog that covers the lower vineyard areas until it is burned off by the morning sun.
The tiny town of Geyserville is named for the geothermal springs discovered east of town in the Mayacamas Mountains during the 19th century. As out-of-towners began visiting the hot springs, the town of Geyserville developed as places for food and lodging opened to accommodate visitors. Today, located just off of Highway 101 in Northern Sonoma County, Geyserville continues to draw visitors with its mellow energy and old-fashioned charm.
For more than 130 years, travelers have come to the Russian River area in Sonoma County to swim, paddle, hike, wine, dine, or to simply relax and enjoy all the delights of this lovely waterway. As the Russian River winds its way through the lush wine country in Northern California, it creates a special corridor of gently moving water, riverside greenery, and the unique towns large and small that line its banks.