Perched on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain, ranging in elevation from 300’ to 840’ above sea level, Gap’s Crown vineyard takes advantage of the steep Sonoma Mountain hillsides to promote natural airflow and drainage within the vineyard. As part of the Sonoma Coast AVA, the Vineyard is located on Sonoma Mountain where its surrounding southwest facing hills meet the Petaluma Wind Gap. To the south of the vineyard, the hills of the Sonoma Mountain turn southeast and channel cool breezes of the Petaluma Gap toward the San Pablo Bay. To the north, Sonoma Mountain gives way to Crane Canyon and the northwest hills which helps create a natural fog pocket around the vineyard. Typically, the coastal fog trapped in this pocket takes longer to burn off during the latter days of the growing season. This lingering fog at the end of the growing season allows the fruit in Gap’s Crown Vineyard to ripen slowly, developing sugar and phenolic ripeness in unison.
Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap)
Brown Clay Loams with significant rock
280’ – 900’ feet above sea level