In 1876, Henry Rued left his home in Switzerland and traveled to Northern California where he took up employment planting grapes for the Beringer Brothers in Napa Valley. The Rueds were a grape growing family in Switzerland, so being familiar with this line of work in 1882 he started his own crop of grapevines in Sonoma County.
Six generations and more than 125 years later, the Rued family continues to farmland throughout Sonoma County; cultivating wine grapes at their Home Estate in Dry Creek Valley as well as land in Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. They now produce handcrafted, small batch wines under their own label. Rued Winery offers private tours and tastings by appointment only, Saturdays at 11:00 am. $30 per person.