Early in winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix’s career, the Russian River Valley served as her laboratory for developing an interest in the fruit and farming there. While winemaker and viticulture specialist for Truett Hurst in the Dry Creek Valley, Virginia expressed her fascination by making a little Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
The label distinction was made by using her initials, VML. After convincing one of her partners, Phil Hurst, to take a walk through some of the Russian River Valley vineyards she was familiar with, the notion of getting more deeply entrenched in the region came to pass.
As fate would have it, Bill Hambrecht, longtime Russian River Valley grape grower and vintner, was looking to breathe new energy into both his vineyards and winery in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley. The joining of the team at Truett Hurst
and these stellar properties was the foundation of VML Winery in the spring of 2011.
Our specialty is Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but we like to play, so there is sparkling wine, gewürztraminer, Zinfandel and other little treats that can be tasted along the way. Our winemaking style can be really characterized by style that walks the line. We like to have really feminine and pretty wines but also with a fair amount of extraction and depth so finding that balance is a big part of how we do things and the style with which we make our wines. While we are incredibly serious about our winemaking we hope that you enjoy them in a playful and interesting environment. Our garden is absolutely stunning and has life size Jenga and all sorts other little surprises throughout.