Gap's Crown Vineyard

Bill Price - Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Bill Price has been a significant figure in the California wine industry since he purchased Beringer Wine Estates in 1996, and took the company public. After selling Beringer in 2000, Bill remained active in the wine business, buying a stake in Kistler in 2008, and founding Vincraft soon after. Through Vincraft, Bill is a partner in Kosta Browne, Three Sticks, Gary Farrell, Price Chanin and Durell Vineyard. In 2013, Bill purchased Gap's Crown, which has become the cornerstone of his vineyard portfolio.

Gap's Crown Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

One of the Sonoma Coast's great emerging vineyards, Gap's Crown was first planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in 2002. Located in the foothills of the Sonoma Mountain, high above the Petaluma Gap, it offers a variety of soil types at elevations ranging from 300 to 800 feet above sea level. The two sections we work with feature Goulding series soils, with some heavier clay on the flank of the mountain. Interspersed with gravel and volcanic rocks, these soils are extremely well-drained, and coupled with the site's wind and fog, help to ensure low yields. The vineyard's cool conditions, make Gap's Crown one of the last vineyards we harvest each vintage. The site is meticulously farmed by Atlas Vineyard Management, with an eye towards the highest quality. Fruit from Gap's Crown's has become a key part of both our Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. We bottled our first Gap's Crown vineyard-designate wine in 2007.