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The development of our family’s Estate has been a 30 year love affair with our 650 acre ranch. Although Arturo Keller and his wife Deborah first fell in love with the site while driving a vintage car through the meandering Sonoma roads, we selected the property for its potential as a site for a world-class vineyard. Clearly, the properties beauty, setting, and history, influenced our decision to make it our home.
In 1989, we planted the first Chardonnay vineyard, and La Cruz vineyard was born. Our first vintage was sold to Rombauer, who rapidly became excited with the potential of the site. By 1999, we planted a few acres of Pinot Noir, and immediately recognized the potential to make our own exceptional wines. In 2000, the Keller Estate label became a reality. Shortly after, we -- in collaboration with the prestigious firm of Legorreta+Legorreta -- designed and built our stunning, functional winery, designed specifically for gravity-flow wine-making. The design of our winemaking facility has served as an inpiration to other wineries.
Ana Keller, Arturo's daughter and a biochemist by training, joined the team eager to create the most exquisite wines from the Estate's vineyards. With Arturo's constant vision and encouragement, Ana's passion has established Keller Estate as a benchmark for producing some of the best wines in the Sonoma Coast. We have helped place the Petaluma Gap firmly on the map as the most promising region within the Sonoma Coast appellation. The terroir at Keller Estate is defined by the Petaluma Gap, a region which is subject to two major maritime influences. The San Pablo Bay lies immediately to the south, while to the northwest is an opening in the coastal hills which allows masses of fog from the Pacific to flow freely through the Petaluma Valley. This geographical signature is unique and creates a cool and long growing season for our vineyards.