The Talmage region on the eastern edge of the Ukiah Valley has a long history of agriculture on its hillside benches and flatlands. Today vineyards share the region with pasture, pears orchards, and 1000s of acres of oak forest. Zinfandel and Cabernet are found at 2/3 of the vineyards (typically on the benches of the area) while Chardonnay is the king of the plains adjacent to the Russian River. The Talmage region has gravelly loam soil. The area has a long history of producing higher than average quality red wine grape varietals and is sought after by many discerning wineries and winemakers.