Events at Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Ongoing Events:
Fort Ross Windmill Maintenance
Marine Mammal Monitoring



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.


Saturday,October 18, 2014

Schedule (Rain or shine)

Morning in the Orchard

9:15-12:30 Van Shuttle: VC-orchard-VC, (12:30-5:15: VC-fort-VC)
10-11:30 Apple Harvest in Orchard - Harvest Songs – Kedry and Kitka singing
11-11:30 Fort Ross Orchard Talk – Susan Rudy, FRC Orchard Specialist

Midday at the Windmill & Beyond

12-4 Horse & Carriage Ride (between windmill & Fort Compound)
11:45-12:15 Windmill Presentation & Turning
Hank Birnbaum and John Sperry, Fort Ross Conservancy
Rob Grassi, Bale Grist Mill
10-3 Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assoc. (Branch 31) – Upper parking lot
Interpreting early California Ranch Era equipment

Afternoon in the Fort Compound
12-4 Juicing, Baking, Craft Demonstrations & Children’s Activities – pumpkin carving too!
1:00 Storytelling Time – Georgia Churchill (Meet outside Fur Warehouse)
1:30 Harvest Circle Ritual, Songs, Dances & Games – Kedry & Kitka
2:15 Fort Ross History Presentation & Fur Warehouse Tour (meet at Fur Warehouse)
Robin Joy Wellman, California State Park Interpretive Specialist
Hank Birnbaum, Fort Ross Conservancy, Programs Manager
2:45 Kitka Women’s Ensemble Concert - (Chapel and then Fur Warehouse)
3:30 Cannon Presentation

Afternoon on the Ocean Terrace
11-5 Seasonal Food – Ocean Terrace – Various food vendors
12-4 Fort Ross-Seaview AVA Wine Tasting
1-3 Harvest Festival Grand Luncheon – advance tickets required
4:00 Circle Dances & Songs - Kedry
4:30 Su Nu Nu Shinal Kashia Pomo Dancers

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.
California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact (707) 847-3437.
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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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Saturday, November 15th, 2pm
Fort Ross Visitor Center Auditorium

Today the Farallon Islands stand sentinel thirty miles west of the Golden Gate, their latest stop on a two-hundred-and-fifty-one-million year journey across ancient seas and prehistoric mountains. These islands have evolved to become a vital bastion for the diverse fauna of the North Pacific, and it's this diversity that has attracted adventurers, explorers, laborers and profiteers alike.The Farallons served as hunting grounds for ambitious fleets of Bostonians and they were Russia's established eastern border at its zenith, during which time they brought Alaska Native hunters and the first scientific observers to the islands. Russians and later Americans decimated both the pinniped and bird populations over the decades, and later the U.S. Navy base brought in invasive species to the Island. Starting in the 1960s America began to reconsider its relationship to nature and the Farallons were among the first locations to be handed over to conservation; soon birds thought extinct returned and the first fur seals since the early nineteenth century have been born. The islands now serve as a protected wilderness.

Please join National Wildlife Refuge System Ranger Jose Garcia in a presentation and discussion about the Farallons past and its future, including photos of the Russian-era structures still visible on the island. This presentation will cover:

  • Geologic formation of the Islands,
  • Faunal evolution,
  • First Human impacts,
  • The Alaska Natives and the edge of Russian empire, and Russian administration of the Islands,
  • Eminent domain or Eggers Rights, early U.S. administration of the Islands,
  • Age of neglect,
  • First conservation efforts, and the long road to recovery,
  • The wilderness act & methods used for recovery,
  • The future of the island and the North Pacific.

This event is sponsored by Fort Ross Conservancy. No special event fees required but CSP gate fees ($8/car) still apply. However, donations to Fort Ross Conservancy greatly appreciated.

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. 

© Fort Ross Conservancy, 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450, 707-847-3437