Griffin's Lair

petaluma gap

climate data

Griffin's Lair Vineyard is in an area known as the Petaluma Gap: fog and wind funnel in from the Pacific Ocean most afternoons through this "gap" in the coastal mountain range at Bodega Bay. The wind flows inland, building up speed as it channels through valleys, tears past the town of Petaluma, then veers south as it hits Sonoma Mountain, sweeping over our vineyard as it heads toward San Pablo Bay. The warmth of the day is replaced by fog and cold, creating the perfect environment for slow ripening of fruit. This long hang-time allows development of intense flavors while retaining acidity— the recipe for a well-balanced wine.

Petaluma's Name:
The origin of Petaluma's name is a Coastal Miwok phrase for "valley of the little hills."


The Petaluma Gap, southernmost section of the Sonoma Coast AVA, will receive its own AVA status in 2017.