The passion and energy of the Keller family is palpable the moment you step into the vineyards. What started out 25 years ago as just a connection to this 650 acre property by Arturo and Deborah Keller has since transformed into a vineyard and a full-fledged winery crafting world-class wines.
For Arturo Keller, his passion for vintage cars and a love of travel on the open road led him to the property which is now Keller Estate – a beautiful setting in Petaluma, perfect for a world-class vineyard site. Over the years he added acres of olives, trees, and a premium vineyard, La Cruz.
It was Rombauer Vineyards who first saw the potential in the La Cruz vineyard grapes in the late 80s, when they first purchased fruit from Arturo. Now you can experience this high quality fruit first hand in the Keller Estate portfolio offered for Cellar Angels supporters.
With her father's loving support, the Keller Estate is now in the hands of Ana Keller and is revered for producing premium wines from the famous Petaluma Gap.
Since taking over the reins in 1998, Ana works to create wines that reflect a sense of place, while in harmony with the family's approach to elegant, age-worthy, and food-friendly wines. In 2013 Ana joined the Petaluma Gap WineGrowers Alliance's board and was instrumental in creating the Petaluma Gap American Viticultural Area (AVA) which was ultimately granted in 2018.
The diversity of Keller Estate wines comes from years of vineyard exploration, a careful understanding of the grapes, and respect for the essence of their fruit. The sustainably certified vineyard incorporates practices derived from organics and regenerative farming that the team has learned over the years. These practices include bee-keeping, owl and bat boxes, a flock of over 200 sheep that graze and fertilize the land, and careful management of the pond system that ensures water supply.
Similar to the artistic process of making wine, Keller Estate supports artists of all kinds. Visitors can roam the grounds and view works from artists all over the world, including the buildings themselves.
Keller Estate's stunning, functional winery was designed specifically for gravity flow wine making and served as an inspiration to other wineries.
As guests enter the Keller Estate property, they are welcomed by our lush and expansive vineyards, carefully designed landscaping, and passion for art. An expansive cobblestone patio overlooking the Petaluma River perfectly frames the beautiful countryside setting.
Your Alfresco Estate Visit is an excellent escape to venture outdoors. A peaceful walking tour of the Keller Estate grounds gives way to a comfortable seated wine tasting experience. The winery features a selection of chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah and pinot gris. Small special bottlings are also offered and a taste of sparkling wine or rose is certainly just a reservation away.
Take in nature, learn about Keller Estate's sustainable viticulture and winemaking practices, and reward yourself with this retreat worth remembering.
Region: La Cruz Vineyard, Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, CA
Learn about the art of crafting sparkling wine with Winemaker Ana Keller LIVE on SIP Virtual Wine Tasting and Education Series.