Six generations and more than 125 years later, the Rued family continues to farm land throughout Sonoma county, cultivating wine grapes at their Home Estate in Dry Creek Valley as well as farming substantial tracks of land in Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. And of course, they now produce handcrafted, small batch wines under their own label—they are the wines that define a family whose roots extend deep into Sonoma County history.
Winemakers: Steve & Sonia Rued
Steve & Sonia met in 1993 when Sonia, a native of South Africa, spent the season in the lab at Dry Creek Vineyard just around the corner from the Rued family’s vineyards. At the time, Steve, the youngest son of Dee and Richard, worked the cellar at Dry Creek Vineyard. By 1996 they married, and each pursued different paths in the wine industry. Sonia pursued enologist and winemaking positions at Sonoma’s Carmenet and Seghesio Vineyards, while Steve went on to hold the position of Winemaker at Kenwood Vineyards, Valley of the Moon, and Rutherford Wine Company.
Dry Creek Valley, CA
Russian River Valley, CA
Deep Sonoma County Roots
In 1876, Henry Rued left his home in Switzerland and traveled to Northern California where he would take up employment planting grapes for the Beringer Brothers in Napa Valley.
Though a new country for Henry, it was not a new line of work. The Rueds were a grape growing family in Switzerland. And it wasn’t too long before Henry Rued planted his own grapes.In 1882 he put down his family’s roots, as well as grapevines, in Sonoma County.