Hopland Valley


Hopland-Sanel Valley borders the Russian River just downstream of Ukiah Valley. Fernando Feliz was the first white settler in the Sanel Valley, and gave his name to the largest tributary creek in this area. The town of Hopland was founded in 1874, named for the primary crop in the valley—hops. Similar to Ukiah Valley in topography, mountain ranges flank Sanel Valley and are drained by numerous creeks including: McNab, Crawford, Feliz, McDowell/Dooley, Duncan, and Pieta Creeks. Hops are no longer grown in Sanel Valley; today, premium winegrapes and pears are the main crops, with livestock operations in the mountains.