Erich first started making homemade wine while teaching track and field at San Diego High School. In 1979, Erich was offered a cellar job at Chateau St. Jean after the Winemaker tasted his wine in an amateur Winemaking contest. Erich took a "leap of faith" and left his teaching job to begin working for Chateau St. Jean.

​Press Release:

Meet the Russells of Rabbit Ridge Winery

 by Robin Black


Our Extended Family

Maria Rodriguez

Mike Sanford

Erich and Joanne Russell

Our Family

Sarah and Brice Garrett

Rabbit Ridge and Russell Family Wines are family owned and operated for 35 years. Founder, Erich Russell is one of the only Owner/Winemakers' in the industry that still works in the cellar.


- Assistant Winemaker, Tasting Room Manager, Executive Office Assistant, and Hospitality


- Assistant Winemaker, Cellar Master, Social Media Director, and Hospitality

Owner/President   and   Founder/Winemaker