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Ram’s Gate Winery

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


  • Ram’s Gate sits on a hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

  • It’s your gateway to Sonoma and the Carneros AVA.

  • Superlatives are generally used to describe this wine tasting mecca:

  • Exceptional, phenomenal, stunning, spectacular, magnificent, breathtaking, peaceful

  • Top notch, wow spot, like a glamorous hotel, romantic, refined—–a destination point.

  • Soak in the aesthetics- massive marble bar, vaulted ceiling, comfy seating, mamouth fireplace, airy entryway, high-end kitchen, open air layout.

  • Decor/architecture is on trend: farmhouse goes modern goes rustic goes corporate.

  • Ample parking is adjacent to an exquisite line of mature olive trees.

  • White umbrellas shade you on the Terrace.

  • Retractable doors give you an indoor/outdoor feel.

  • A man made pond, stunning view, adirondack chairs, blowing in the breeze willow tree, butterflies playing among the lavender is your setting for a picnic.

  • While tasting you will most likely hear speeding car sounds coming from Sonoma Raceway.

  • I love the ambiance at this winery during the holidays.



  • $40 tasting fee for a four wine flight.

  • Waived with a two bottle purchase.

  • Palate Play Wine and Food Pairing:

  • $95 per person by Appt, Thur-Mon 1-4 guests.

  • Buy a bottle and purchase food items and enjoy music and lawn games in the spring/summer. I highly recommend.

  • Vineyard Table: 5 wines and 5 food pairings $250 per person 4-10 guests

  • Summer by the pond: Fri, Sat, Sun no appointment needed for groups 1-10

  • Vineyard Designate Tasting and Tour: $65 per person by Appt, 5 wines & tour.


Appointment Needed?

  • Appointments recommended but not necessary.

  • Open Daily 11:00-6:00pm


Wine Pick

  • I love Sonoma Coast Pinot, so I had an easy choice to make.

  • 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot

  • Minimum bottle price $40, with an average price $62 a bottle, up to $80.

  • A chilled Sauv Blanc would be a great choice for the picnic by the pond.


Dog Approved

  • No longer dog friendly.

  • Service dogs are allowed.

Social Media Worthy

  • Photos in the vineyards, by the fire place, picnicking by the pond.

  • Lots of great photo ops.


Feel Good Vibes

  • Just pinch yourself to believe you are experiencing a perfect Ram’s Gate getaway.

  • Imagine this—After tasting three wines, you are escorted down to the pond.

  • A blanket is laid out, a picnic basket is set on the blanket,

  • A bottle of wine, chilled water, meat, cheese, bread, salad, assorted olives and pickles, and dessert await your dining pleasure.

  • Spend the day, never feel rushed, enjoy personal attention, a leisurely pace.

  • Or maybe share a red and white tasting with ample pours.

  • Order a delicious charcuterie platter and you’re happy.


Wine Nerd Facts

  • 11,000 cases a year.

  • Certified Fish Friendly farming.

  • Certified Sustainable wine growing.

  • Grapes are sourced from several Sonoma County AVA’s:

  • Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Carneros AVA’s


Wine Club? Fun Events?

  • Wine Club members who live nearby liken Ram’s Gate membership to joining a country club.

  • Events tend to be a little out of my price range.


Sheila’s Tasting Notes

  • I’m drawn to the RAM that is the predominant Ram’s Gate symbol.

  • There are golden ram statues throughout the tasting room.

  • A ram is on Ram’s Gate Wine labels.

  • Ram’s Gate Winery is the southern end of the Carneros wine growing region.

  • Carneros means ram in Spanish.

  • The winery is at the gateway of wine country.

  • Thus the name Ram’s Gate.

  • Did you know that the ram is the astrological sign for April.

  • My birthday is April 6th!

  • I feel an astrological connection to this winery.

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