Located in the westernmost part of Sonoma County, the West Sonoma Coast has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading regions for top quality pinot noir and chardonnay. The region is characterized by proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the resulting maritime climate.
The West Sonoma Coast is part of the Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area, which is one of the largest AVAs in California and stretches forty miles inland at certain points. To demarcate the truly maritime parts of the AVA, the West Sonoma Coast Vintners Association was founded in 2010. It serves to preserve and protect the history, landscape and culture of the West Sonoma Coast, and to promote the region's wines.
Hirsch Vineyards is located within the Fort Ross/Seaview area, one of the many distinct growing regions of the West Sonoma Coast, and in fact it was the first vineyard planted to premium pinot noir in Fort Ross / Seaview. For this reason, David Hirsch is often referred to as the pioneer of the region.