Rabbit Ridge Winery

Family Operated for 40 years

Welcome to Rabbit Ridge and
Russell Family Wines

About us

1981 – present

Our story

It all starts here…premium, west side vineyards in Paso Robles, CA. Rocky, limestone, and calcareous soils, desireable micro-climate. All farmed by hand the old fashioned way!

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Our Wines

Two generations of winemaking with personal attention and creative passion. Award-winning, full-bodied wines for every occasion.

RABBIT RIDGE WINERY

Winery with great history

Rabbit Ridge Winery

Our best vineyards

Erich first started planting grapes in Paso Robles in 1996 after becoming enamored by the ideal grape growing climate and soils west of highway 101 in the Templeton Gap. 


Our history

In 1981, Erich opened Rabbit Ridge Winery and Vineyards in Healdsburg, California named after his college track nickname, “The Rabbit”. Rabbit Ridge became a successful, cult winery producing up to 250 thousand cases per year. The winery continued growing and producing wine in Sonoma County until all operations were moved to beautiful Paso Robles, on the Central Coast of California.

In 1998, Erich met his wife Joanne James, a lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, Florida, while promoting Rabbit Ridge wines at one of Disney’s top restaurants. Joanne was interviewing with Rabbit Ridge’s wine distributor at the same time, and the two met. Having graduated from Northeast High School and Eckerd College, Joanne was working as a runway model and had her own catering business, along with a fledgling interest in good wine. Erich and Joanne were married in 1999 and maintained a residence in St. Petersburg while Joanne’s daughter grew up, completed high school and went off to college. Joanne’s daughter has since graduated from college Suma cum laude and now works for Rabbit Ridge in Paso Robles.

Our Wines

Two generations of winemaking with personal attention and creative passion. Award-winning, full-bodied wines for every occasion.

Our Wine Club

Join our wine club family and get first releases, limited bottlings, and special offerings. Twice a year, pick-up or ship. Enjoy great discounts, special events, and personal service from our family-managed club.

Great wines are made in the vineyard