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.

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



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


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

Owner/President   and   Founder/Winemaker

Our Extended Family

Maria Rodriguez

Mike Sanford

Erich and Joanne Russell

Our Family

Sarah and Brice Garrett