It has been one full week since the terrifying wildfires started raging across Sonoma and Napa. Evacuations are now beginning to be lifted and containment percentages increase while the tens of thousands impacted by the fires look ahead to what’s next.

Below are the updates sent to our members, mailing list and Facebook followers over the last week, beginning with the most recent. If there is any silver lining in this tragedy, it’s the opportunity to see true goodness in countless places throughout our community. Signs around Sonoma thanking firefighters, volunteers dedicating time and resources to evacuation centers, bakeries giving away coffee, food trucks cooking around the clock for first responders. As we look ahead to the rebuilding – both material and emotional – we are filled with hope at the possibilities of our community.

As the below updates describe, Ram’s Gate Winery was unharmed by the fires. We are incredibly grateful, while our hearts break for so many neighbors and fellow wineries who have lost everything. The work of the first responders cannot be overstated, and we are indebted to the reporters who have kept us up-to-date with news. A few helpful articles in particular are as follows:

The Mercury News, “A Closer Look at the 22 Wineries Damaged by Wine Country Fires”

San Francisco Chronicle, “A Fire’s First, Fatal Hours” 

SF Gate, “Hope in Wine Country as vineyards assess the long-term economic impact of the wildfires”


UPDATE: Monday, October 17th at 11:52 am [Facebook]

We are open today until 6pm. Things are far from normal, but it feels good to open our doors again and raise a glass to the amazing community we get to be part of. Whether you’re in the mood for a tasting or just need to recharge or want to say hi, we’d love to see you. 


UPDATE: Sunday, October 15th at 2:54 pm [Facebook]

We will be reopening our doors tomorrow (Monday) at 11:00 am and be here for you until 6:00 pm. All of us are eager to offer our wines and hospitality to members and visitors, and look to a much brighter future.

Our most heartfelt, sincerest thanks to all who have written in to encourage and support our winery, team and community.


UPDATE: Sunday, October 15th at 1:45 pm [Email]

Thank you, once again, for your tremendous outpouring of support for Ram’s Gate Winery and all those impacted by these horrific wildfires. 

It’s difficult to know how to express the devastation weighing down on our community. But as several signs posted around Sonoma say, “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke.”

Ram’s Gate Winery will reopen our doors tomorrow at 11:00 am and be here for you until 6:00 pm as would be true of any Monday. All of us are eager to offer our wines and hospitality to members and visitors, and look to a much brighter future.

We are incredibly grateful to share that our winemaking team remains very confident in the quality of the 2017 vintage, as all was safely in barrel or sealed within our walls prior to the fires. This may not be the case for many neighbors and peers, and it is towards them our thoughts and hearts are directed.

Our most heartfelt, sincerest thanks to all who have written in to encourage and support our winery, team and community. For those led to help contribute in a more formal way to support those most impacted by the wildfires, below are several opportunities available: 


UPDATE: Friday, October 13th at 1:40 pm [Facebook]

Ram’s Gate Winery will be CLOSED through Sunday, October 15th due to the wildfires.

We had hoped to be open this weekend — we are grateful to share that the winery is unharmed and we do have power, though our telephone lines are unfortunately not operating correctly.

We are eager to offer our wines and hospitality to members and visitors, but we feel the current environment is not appropriate for doing so, for many reasons.

Additionally, given the number of active emergency vehicles, we are remaining closed in order to avoid adding any more cars to our roadways – employees or visitors.

We are sending our best wishes to those impacted by the fire. Words cannot describe the tragedy impacting our community.

We highly recommend opening a bottle of wine safe at home with your friends and families, then visit one or more of these websites to support those impacted by the first in Sonoma County:

– North Bay Fire Relief is operated by Redwood Credit Union, The Press Democrat, and Senator Mike McGuire to add in relief efforts and assist victims of the fires. https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief

– Rotary of Sonoma Valley’s Sonoma Valley Support accepting monetary donations to directly help victims of Sonoma Valley (Kenwood, Glen Ellen, City of Sonoma). http://www.sonomastrong.org

– Sonoma County Resilience Fund is operated by the Community Foundation Sonoma County to support basic immediate and long-term needs of individuals impacted by the fires. http://www.sonomacf.org/sonoma-county-resilience-fund/

– SonomaStrong T-shirts being sold for $20 each with 100% of proceeds going towards North Bay Fire Relief fund. https://www.bonfire.com/sonomaproud/

We are eager to re-open the winery to welcome guests into a place and raise a glass together, and we will keep you posted as soon as we know more.

Best wishes,
Ram’s Gate Winery


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While the winery remained closed through the weekend, we were able to send supplies from our kitchen along with members of our culinary team to help at the Tri Tip Trolley, who worked around the clock all week to feed firefighters and first responders. We are so proud of our Chef de Cuisine Stacey for her leadership efforts and hours of selfless volunteering. 


UPDATE: Thursday, October 12th at 1:35 pm [Facebook]

It’s hard to know how to express the devastation weighing down on our community. But as several signs posted around Sonoma say, “The love in the air is thicker than smoke.”

Our tasting room will remain closed tomorrow (Friday) due to the ongoing wildfires and resulting conditions. While we are eager to offer our wines and hospitality to members and visitors, the current environment is not appropriate for doing so.

Additionally, given the number of active emergency vehicles, we are remaining closed in order to avoid adding any more cars to our roadways – employees or visitors.

At this time, we plan on opening the tasting room doors at 11:00am on Saturday, although will revisit this decision tomorrow morning and let you all know the outcome.

We are incredibly grateful to share that our winemaking team remains very confident in the quality of the 2017 vintage, as all was safely in barrel or sealed within our walls prior to the fires. This may not be the case for many neighbors and peers, and it’s with them that our thoughts and hearts are directed.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the winery, our team and the community. Our most heartfelt, sincerest thanks to all who have written in. We are so grateful and plan to be in touch with more formal ways we can all help contribute to supporting those most impacted by the wildfires. Please stay safe, everyone. We aren’t in the clear yet.


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 11th at 2:06 pm [Facebook]

Due to the fires, the winery will be CLOSED Tomorrow (October 12th). Please stay safe, everyone.


UPDATE: Wednesday, October 11th at 6:29 am [Facebook] 

Words cannot describe the tragedy that has occurred in our community. Our thoughts continue to be with everyone affected by these horrific fires.

As we understand many people are heading South to escape the current air conditions, we would like to extend Ram’s Gate Winery as a place of respite. We are incredibly grateful that our winery is safe and unharmed, and we will be opening our doors for guests today (Wednesday) from 9am-5pm for anyone in need.

We will be providing water, charging stations, restroom facilities and a comfortable environment to relax.

Please spread the word if you can.


UPDATE: Tuesday, October 10th at 6:50 pm [Email]

On behalf of the Ram’s Gate ownership and winery team, we extend our greatest sympathy and best wishes to those impacted by the devastating wildfires which continue to sweep through Napa and Sonoma.

Many members have inquired as to the condition of Ram’s Gate Winery and the wellbeing of our employees.  We are humbled by your concern, especially when received from those impacted by the recent hurricanes and other tragedies.

Yesterday, Ram’s Gate was forced to close its doors as two fires severed access to the winery and general area, both of which have been extinguished and the roads are now clear.

There are members and winery staff who lost their homes to either the Atlas Peak or Nuns fires, yet fortunately all appear safe and now with friends or relatives.

The valiant efforts by emergency first response teams cannot be overpraised, to which we are donating food and labor in support of our local stations.  Additionally, we have made the winery available as a place of transition to those in the winery industry who have been displaced.

Ram’s Gate Winery will open its doors on Thursday as scheduled, and welcome all of you who can be here too.


UPDATE: Monday, October 9th at 8:08 am [Facebook] 

Ram’s Gate Winery will be closed today due to the fires in Sonoma and Napa. Please stay safe, everyone.


UPDATE: Monday, October 9th at 7: 35 am [Facebook]

Incredibly grateful to share that the winery is undamaged at this point. Our thoughts are with our neighbors, and with the First Responders and Firefighters who are working hard to contain the fires. Please stay safe, everyone. #SonomaFires

 

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