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The charming mediterranean-style home at the Russian River Rose Company bedecked with blooms. Photo: Mikala Kennan

Nestled in idyllic Sonoma wine country is a unique farm and garden, one you’re not likely to encounter in this part of the world. While the combination of wine and roses isn’t unusual, it is if most of those roses are Bulgarian, grown for their exquisitely fragrant oil. The Russian River Rose Company is California’s only estate producer of rose oil perfume and rose water. The farm also produces sauvignon blanc and chardonnay grapes and maintains a nursery brimming with roses, irises, perennials, and other unusual plant finds—the fruit of one family’s vision, creativity, and energy.

The original 1910 barn framed by grapevines. 
Photo: Michael Tolmasoff

Seeking an idyllic farm and lifestyle to raise their family, Michael and Jan Tolmasoff relocated from Southern California and, together with their dog Dandy, moved into the original 835-square-foot 1950s home on Christmas Eve in 1976. The 15-acre property included 440 Bar...

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