Ramey Wine Cellars, situated in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, California, is a renowned winery established by David Ramey in 1996. This esteemed producer specializes in crafting a diverse range of wines sourced from various American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) across California, with a focus on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah grape varieties.
David Ramey is widely recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to the development of California’s iconic Chardonnay style. Through the implementation of indigenous yeasts, extended sur lie aging, malolactic fermentation, and the utilization of new oak barrels, he has successfully created a richer, full-bodied expression that has become synonymous with the state.
The Ramey Wine Cellars portfolio prominently features varietal Chardonnay, carefully sourced from renowned vineyards such as Ritchie Vineyard in the Russian River region and Hyde in the Carneros area of Napa Valley. These exceptional vineyard sites contribute to the distinctive character of Ramey’s Chardonnay offerings.
In addition to their exceptional Chardonnay selection, Ramey Wine Cellars produces an impressive range of Cabernet Sauvignon, notably sourced from the esteemed Pedregal Vineyard in Oakville, as well as a limited production of Syrah. These wines have garnered significant recognition and acclaim from wine enthusiasts and critics alike.
David Ramey’s expertise extends beyond winemaking, as he obtained his graduate degree from the University of California at Davis. His research on the evolution of aromas in wine continues to be influential in the industry’s understanding of how wines age. Prior to establishing Ramey Cellars, he honed his skills at prominent wineries such as Chalk Hill and Dominus Estate, as well as gaining invaluable experience at Pétrus in Bordeaux, where he acquired winemaking techniques that would shape his approach upon returning to the United States.