Events at Fort Ross State Historic Park

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October 18th, 2014
Harvest Festival 10am - 5:00pm
Fort Ross State Historic Park

Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn's fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of gentle apple picking in the historic orchard, where we'll harvest fruit while enjoying the Eastern European harmonies of Kitka's Women's Ensembles and Russia House Kedry. The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound where we'll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th century Russian settlement.

Harvest Activities

We invite you to join us at Fort Ross Harvest Festival, generously underwritten by Chevron, Transneft, and Sovcomflot. In addition to the spectacular Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Tasting and Luncheon, the day offers a wide variety of activities suitable for all ages:

  • Song, dance, and gentle apple harvesting in the historic orchard,
  • Horse and buggy ride,
  • Interpretive talks by dedicated experts on the historic orchard, replica windmill, and the Alaskan marine history at Ross,
  • Working demonstration of replica Russian-style windmill,
  • Food trucks with delicious seasonal fare for sale,
  • Local samples of heirloom apples, apple cider, apple baked goods, Sonoma cheese, and more,
  • Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia Pomo dances,
  • Alaska Native demonstrate their crafts,
  • Historic Russian crafts, cannon firing, communal dances.

Special Event Fees

  • Harvest Special Event Fee: $20 per car (includes $8 State Parks fee).
  • Special event bus fee for small capacity (24 person or fewer) bus: $100.
  • Special event bus fee for large capacity (greater than 24 person) bus: $225

If you'd like to volunteer at the festival, email us at - four hours of volunteering gets you free admission to the Harvest Festival.
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And back by popular demand, Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Tasting and Luncheon -- see below.


Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Tasting & Grand Luncheon

Fort Ross-Seaview AVA

The Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Festival, in collaboration with Fort Ross Conservancy, introduces the grapegrowers, wineries and winemakers who produce and vinify the grapes grown on the steep ridges of the Sonoma Coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Grand luncheon (1pm-3pm, $125 per person): Enjoy a four-course luncheon served on a marine terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Each course is prepared by renowned coastal chefs using locally-sourced ingredients selected from the bounty of Sonoma. Limited seating, advanced tickets only through Eventbrite.

Lunch includes:

  • Entrance to Grand Wine Tent (open from 12pm - 4pm),
  • Four-course meal with five specially-paired glasses of award-winning wines from the steep ridges overlooking the Sonoma Coast, and
  • Entrance into Fort Ross State Historic Park, with parking
  • Access to the day's Harvest Festival entertainment.

Grand Luncheon Menu

  • John Ash - Chef and James Beard Award Winning Author: Lemon Marinated Fennel Salad with Burrata, Olives and Basil
  • Barbara Hom - Executive Chef Fort Ross Vineyard: Seared and Oven Roasted Chilean Sea Bass (Marine Council Stewardship Certified) with Peking Meat Sauce, Pea Shoots
  • Richard Whipple - Executive Chef Sea Ranch Lodge: Roasted Stuffed Quail with Soft Polenta Cake, Mixed Cumin Scented Carrots and Huckleberries
  • Marianna Gardenhire – Pastry Chef and Proprietor Backyard, Forestville: Cheesecake, Candied Pumpkin, Toasted Pepitas​, and Crisp Meringue

Grand Wine Tasting (12pm-4pm, $35 per person): Presenting a remarkable selection of wines grown in the FORT ROSS-SEAVIEW VITICULTURAL AREA that consists of the steep ridge top vineyards that overlook the Pacific Ocean and produce wines of structure, balance and finesse. Advanced tickets available through Eventbrite or at the wine tent on the day of event.

Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers pouring at Harvest Festival 2014:

  • Del Dotto Cinghiale Vineyard
  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery
  • Fort Ross Vineyards & Winery
  • Martinelli Winery
  • Pahlmeyer Wayfarer Vineyards
  • Siduri Wines
  • Tin Barn Vineyards
  • Wesmar Winery
  • Wild Hog Vineyard
  • Williams Selyem.

Growers Participating In The Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Festival

  • Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard (Martinelli Winery) Pinot Noir
  • Camp Meeting Ridge (Flowers Vineyard & Winery) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay & Pinot Meunier
  • Charles Ranch Vineyard (Martinelli Winery) Chardonnay
  • Cinghiale Vineyard (Del Dotto Vineyards) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc
  • Coryelle Fields Vineyards (Tin Barn Vineyards) Syrah
  • Fort Ross Vineyard (Fort Ross Vineyard) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay & Pinotage
  • Hellenthal Vineyard (Hellenthal) Pinot Noir
  • Precious Mountain Vineyard (Donnie Schatzburg) Pinot Noir
  • Seaview Ridge (Flowers Vineyard & Winery) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
  • Three Sisters Vineyard (Martinelli Winery) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
  • Wayfarer Vineyard (Pahlmeyer Vineyards) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
  • Wild Hog Vineyard (Wild Hog Vineyard) Pinot Noir & Chardonnay
  • Wild Thyme Vineyard (Martinelli Winery) Pinot Noir.

Photos from Harvest Festival 2013

FORT ROSS-SEAVIEW WINEGROWERS ASSOCIATION is an association of local grape growers and wineries dedicated to farming "coastal cool" grapes on the very edge of the continent. Here the vineyards are like islands in the sunshine above a sea of coastal fog that nips at their edges during the long, slow and temperate grape growing season. The maritime climate of the area is ideal for growing winegrapes of the highest caliber. The vineyards here produce pure, focused fruit with lively acidity, minerality and nunaced tannins. These exceptional grapes produce internationally acclaimed wines of balance, character, structure and finesse that tempt the palate with their elegance. See or email us at

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Fort Ross Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) and California State Park cooperating association, connects people to the history and beauty of Fort Ross and Salt Point State Parks. 

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