Located along the Russian River in Mendocino County, Rivino Winery is our boutique family winery. We handcraft all our wines from select grapes grown on our family’s Schrader Ranch Vineyard. Being surrounded by grapes, and desiring to sample the fruit from our vines, we began making small amounts of wine for ourselves. Like many things in life, that simple desire has now evolved. Realizing that we were producing far more wine than we could consume on our own, we decided it was time to take the next step. Hence the creation of RIVINO, our 100% estate family winery.
RIVINO is a combination of the words: RIVER and VINO. “Where the river becomes the wine.” With much excitement and hard work, we are pleased to finally release our wines for others to enjoy.
When you look at a bottle of RIVINO, you will notice that each one displays how many cases we produced, and which bottle you own. Producing wine in these small lots on our own premises and with our own grapes allows us to have complete control over all aspects of the wine making process. We wanted to convey that our wine is not mass produced and that each bottle is unique and characteristic of our winemaking desires and vineyard conditions.
RIVINO Winery is located between the Russian River and Highway 101 in Mendocino County. Our facility truly is a boutique, and although small, we have ensured that all our equipment and processes are of the highest levels possible. From the beginning of harvest through the end of bottling we ensure that the grapes and juice are minimally handled, and only in the gentlest of ways. In the months prior to harvest we begin exploring and selecting vicinities of the vineyard that we believe are of special character. We then monitor the grapes daily to ensure that we harvest within our desired window. All our grapes are picked at daybreak and transported via tractor to our winery. Once there, the grape to wine transformation begins.