Our Story

Ram’s Gate Winery opened in the fall of 2011 as a place to press pause, to stop and savor what we love most. Our Sonoma winery focuses on small-lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and our aim is simple: to create the finest possible wines that only our climate and our terroir can produce.

It Begins in the Vineyard

We have the privilege to work with the marquee vineyards of Sonoma and Carneros, including Sonoma Coast’s famed Durell and Gap’s Crown Vineyards, Ulises Valdez’s admired Russian River portfolio, the Sangiacomo family’s Green Acres and Roberts Road Vineyards and from Carneros, Hyde Vineyard and Hudson Ranch along with our own estate vines, 28 acres of seven grape varieties representing the diversity and unique signature of southwestern Carneros.

Site-Driven Winemaking

Our winemaking team, spearheaded by industry veteran Jeff Gaffner, approaches winemaking as a way to showcase the signature of a unique site, often as specific as a few rows within a vineyard. Fruit is harvested and handled with care and intention, from selection in the vineyard to cluster- and berry-sorting on our custom designed tables.

Thoughtful Pairings

Our wines are made to be food-friendly, and we like to showcase that through delicious, locally sourced food pairings crafted by our culinary team. Our chefs first taste each wine carefully, thoughtfully and repeatedly to understand its unique composition of flavors and textures. They consider the wine as an ingredient — the base ingredient — in the palate masterpiece they then create.

An Inspiring Setting

We believe our wines deserve a breathtaking environment in which to be enjoyed. Architect Howard Backen designed Ram’s Gate, and the award-winning architect’s sensitivity to the natural landscape has resulted in a modern interpretation of the weathered farmsteads of old Carneros. In addition, the visionary style of internationally acclaimed interior designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, is everywhere – a glorious mix of antiques and vintage items along with accent pieces, creating a dramatic story of high and low.


OUR COMMITMENT

Sustainability is a difficult word to define, particularly in a place so land-focused as Sonoma Wine Country. To sustain something is to keep it going — in ecological terms, it means working with our resources in a way that cares for our environment. It means honoring the place that grows our precious vines. It means caring about the fellow living things depending on the Ram’s Gate Estate for life.

Our commitment to sustainability at Ram’s Gate Winery manifests itself in several ways:

CERTIFIED FISH-FRIENDLY FARMING

Fish Friendly Farming® is a process of certification for agricultural properties managed in a way that restores fish and wildlife habitat and improves water quality. This is especially paramount based on our location, so close to the San Pablo Bay and with our own Tolay Creek bordering the property.

“The certification was a way of documenting current practices,” says Cameron Smith, who tends for the Ram’s Gate Estate, “and making known practices which would improve land management and water quality.”

CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING

Ram’s Gate Winery is honored to be a Certified Sustainable Vineyard since July of 2015. Administered by the Wine Institute and California Association of Winegrape Growers, this certification strives to advance the entire California wine industry toward best practices in environmental stewardship, conservation of natural resources and socially equitable business practices.

The certification requires a detailed list of prerequisites—measuring and recording water use, nitrogen use, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The detailed list of requirements can be read here: http://www.sustainablewinegrowing.org/certifiedsustainable_prerequisites.pdf


Our Team