The history of Durell Vineyard Syrah begins with its namesake founder, Ed Durell, but its current identity bears an additional name: Price. The Price family, who purchased Durell in 1998, now oversees 400 acres that span across Carneros, Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley and contribute to some of the region’s most sought-after fruit.
From a southeast-facing hillside parcel of these treasured vines comes the fruit for Ram’s Gate’s Durell Vineyard Syrah, and behind those vines is Ellie Phipps Price. Ellie, an avid equestrian, lover of fine wines and a graduate of UC Berkeley, founded her site with the vision to grow ultra-premium wine grapes.
Between her time spent with her two children and stewardship of Durell Vineyard, Ellie is an active supporter of animal welfare and environmental causes. Along the same vein, the vineyard practices of Durell Vineyard are respectful to the utmost of the natural balance paramount to growing delicious fruit. Her clay- and loam-soiled vines produce the rich, layered Durell Vineyard Syrah we are honored to craft at Ram’s Gate Winery.