A Sonoma County Wine Family Six Generations Deep
It’s the same today as it always was with the Rued family. If you visit their place of work, you’ll find the family.
Today if you stroll any of the 160 acres of vineyards the family farms, you’ll likely find Richard Rued, who began tending the family’s vines in 1953, or his son, Tom, who works beside his father amongst the vines. If you visit the winery and tasting room in Dry Creek Valley, you are going to run into Richard’s wife, Dee, who manages the business and tasting room. Walk into the cellar and you’ll find son, Steve, and his wife, Sonia, making wine. And if schools out, you just might be greeted by young Allyssa or Nadya, the winery’s future and official welcoming committee.
It all started in 1876 when Richard’s Great Grandfather, Henry, arrived in America from Switzerland to work the Napa Valley vineyards of the Beringer Brothers. By 1882 he planted his own vineyard in the Russian River Valley. In 1905, Richard’s grandfather, also Henry, purchased a ranch in Alexander Valley.
With the advent of prohibition the family refocused their efforts on raising apples, pears and prunes, maintaining their strong connection to Sonoma County land. In 1957, Richard re-established his family’s long ties with grape-growing when he took over responsibility for the family’s small plot of grapes on what was now their home estate in Dry Creek Valley. Tending these old vines was at first a school agriculture project. It turned into a life long avocation and career as Richard later began replanting his family’s lands from prunes to grapes.
Fifty years after that high school project, Dee & Richard not only continue to farm wine grapes on their 70 acre home estate in Dry Creek valley and on land in the Russian River and Alexander Valley, but they also oversee Rued Winery, the culmination of generations of work and dedication to the soils of Sonoma County.
(RUED - Rhymes with DRUID...Come visit us!)
Credit Cards Accepted: American Express, Master Card, Visa
Wine Type: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
Facilities: Handicap Accessible, Picnic Facilities, Tasting Fee Refundable with Purchase, Tours by Appointment,
Visit the website at: http://ruedvineyards.com
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