Featured: Saturday, May 13 Grand Tasting
Ram’s Gate Winery opened its doors in 2011 thanks to the creative mind of third generation vintner Jeffrey O’Neill, along with three friends and partners. Jeff’s passion for world class wines in an exquisite setting was the impetus for the creation of an extraordinary destination and unparalleled experience for all the senses.
A short 35-minute drive from San Francisco, Ram’s Gate is situated at the entrance to historic Sonoma Valley on Hwy 121. This exceptional winery, a fusion of rustic elegance invigorated with a fresh, modern, youthful spirit, has become one of the region’s most exciting locations, capturing the essence of winemaking at its best in the finest environment to enjoy it.
Estate Director Greg Miller joins the Ram’s Gate Winery team with an expansive background, from training dolphins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium to running ultra-marathons in California. Greg’s “ah-ha” moment with wine led him to attain degrees both in hospitality at the University at Nevada, Las Vegas and in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis. His successful studies at Davis backed by his love of the French language and culture took him to Burgundy through the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, where he worked alongside Véronique Drouhin and the winemaking team at the Maison Joseph Drouhin, an experience instrumental in his understanding of terroir and its expression through wine.
Before joining the team at Ram’s Gate, Greg honed his working knowledge of northern Californian winegrowing and the business around it through his years in multifaceted positions with notable wineries including Quintessa, Jordan Vineyard & Winery and Flowers Vineyard & Winery.
“I’m thrilled be working with the exceptional vineyard sources at Ram’s Gate Winery,” Greg says, “stunning sites across Sonoma and Carneros that I haven’t had the opportunity to work with until now.”
When not at the Ram’s Gate Estate or sharing Ram’s Gate wines with the world, Greg can be found tending to his home Pinot Noir vineyard with his wife and two sons or running up and down Sonoma’s coastal ridge line in training for his next event.