The Petaluma Gap AVA enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. At the western-most boundary of the Petaluma Gap, along the coastline, the Estero Lowlands and a series of low hills form the transport corridor that allows marine air to roar into the region.
A typical summer day in the Gap begins with a distinctive, crisp coolness and a blanket of morning fog. By late morning the sun chases away the fog and temperatures rise. By mid-afternoon, however, the cool, on-shore breezes begin, picking up speed as the afternoon progresses and bringing in fog almost every night. It is this cooling “wind tunnel” effect that distinguishes the Petaluma Gap from our neighboring winegrowing areas. The effect of the wind brings lower yields and grapes that reach physiological ripeness much later and at lower sugar levels, while developing wonderful flavors and fruit characteristics with ideal levels of acidity. The results are well-balanced wines, demonstrating character and distinction.
The Petaluma Gap AVA spans an area of more than 200,000 acres stretching in the northwest from the Pacific coast at Bodega Bay and running southwest to Highway 37 at Sear’s Point on San Pablo Bay; it straddles northern Marin and southern Sonoma counties. Read More >
Located in northern Marin and southern Sonoma counties, the Petaluma Gap AVA enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate characterized by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Read More >
There are over 4,000 acres of grapevines in the Petaluma Gap AVA. Seventy-five percent of the grapes grown here are Pinot Noir, with the remaining almost evenly split between Chardonnay and Syrah. Read More >
Centrally located 32 miles north of San Francisco, the City of Petaluma is one of the oldest in California and an ideal base for exploring Wine Country, the redwoods, and the Sonoma Coast. Read More >
Petaluma Gap’s agricultural history harkens back nearly 200 years, with a myriad of interesting elements, including its first grapevine plantings by General Vallejo... Read More >
The Petaluma Gap is a grower-focused region with a rich legacy of agricultural families dating back several generations... Read More >