Grower Series Part 8: Ellie Price

Did you know that Ram’s Gate Winery sources grapes from over nine of the most esteemed grape growers in Sonoma County? Most of these grapes are kept separate from each other throughout the winemaking process from vine to bottle, resulting in individual vineyard-designate bottlings with the integrity of each vineyard site preserved in each wine. Over the next few months, we invite you to join us here for a behind the vines introduction to our devoted growers, without whom we would not be able to craft each uniquely luscious wine.

Ellie Price Durell Vineyard Photo
Ellie Price, Durell Vineyard

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 the 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 graduate of UC Berkeley, founded her site with the vision to grow ultra-premium wine grapes.

Ellie Price Durell Vineyard

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.

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