The growers of the Petaluma Gap strongly support the Sonoma Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). The Sonoma Coast AVA is a pleasing mass of contradictions; the coolest region in the county is also one of the hottest (in popularity that is). Hugging the Pacific Ocean in the north and extending into the Petaluma Gap in the south, the Sonoma Coast produces twice the rainfall of any other region, yet it’s still warm enough to ripen wine grapes to their full potential.
Another contradiction – in the northern part of the appellation, the vineyards closest to the Pacific are located above the fog line. In the Petaluma Gap, the vineyards are covered by fog in the early morning and the late afternoon. Regardless of where a Sonoma Coast vineyard sits, the Pacific fog works its magic by unifying the Sonoma Coast to produce the richness of flavors possible when varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown in this beautiful environment. And we, the Gap growers, could not be more proud to be a part of this incredible growing area!