Rodney Strong Vineyards: A History of Innovation in California Wines
The name Rodney Strong has become synonymous with excellence in Sonoma County. It belonged to a pioneering vintner who was first to craft a Single Vineyard Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chalk Hill Chardonnay. He was also one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. When the Klein family acquired Rodney Strong Vineyards, they continued his quest to demonstrate the incredible range of regional terroir Sonoma County has to offer.
To that end, today’s Rodney Strong crafts wine in small lots from 13 exceptional estate vineyards situated in four appellations: Sonoma Coast, Chalk Hill, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley. Each vineyard is carefully tended, and when harvested, each grape is nurtured and dutifully seen through the winemaking process to create the best wine possible. One fine example is the Symmetry, a beautifully balanced Meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Seeing great potential in Malbec, Rodney Strong Vineyards planted 40 acres of it in a new vineyard north of Lake Sonoma.
At the tasting room, located just south of the town of Healdsburg, guests can taste Rodney Strong’s Dry Creek Valley Malbec—offered only to tasting room guests and wine club members—as well as other exclusive wines. A fascinating complimentary self-guided winery tour is offered, as well as a VIP winery tour for wine club members who make reservations in advance. Rodney Strong offers two wine clubs. Symmetry Society members are guaranteed to receive a bottle of each of the highly coveted single-vineyard Cabernets, along with a selection of Reserve wines and Symmetry. Members of collector’s Circle receive exceptional estate and winery exclusive wines to suit their taste, as well as seasonal wine offers, and invitations to special events and concerts. The name Rodney Strong stands for more than ever these days in beautiful Sonoma County.