Nestled in the picturesque Knights Valley of Sonoma County lies Ross Ranch, a captivating estate that boasts not only exceptional California Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, but also a unique blend of warm hospitality. With a passion for winemaking, owners Keith and Claudia Ross have created a hyper-local boutique winery that stands out for their unwavering passion for winemaking and commitment to producing great estate wines. Built with a specific vision and a passion for developing a lifestyle brand, the couple developed Ross Ranch as not only a producer of great wines, but as a destination created to welcome guests to experience ranch life. Creating wines from estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel grapes as well as additional varietals sourced exclusively from local Knights Valley vineyards, Ross Ranch is producing great tasting wines. With each wine created, the couple places great emphasis on the transparency of their winemaking process, firmly believing that the finest wines are crafted with minimal manipulation. From vine to bottle, every step is carried out with integrity resulting in wines that reflect their varietal and origin. With a commitment to utilizing only the fruit from the renowned Knights Valley, Ross Ranch’s wines are reflective of the pristine land from which they originate.
What makes Ross Ranch stand out is the couple’s commitment to creating wines and an environment that will stand the test of time. Having developed the land to create their vision, Ross Ranch has truly become a destination. With nearly two decades of winemaking experience, Keith and Claudia are no strangers to making wine. Having made wine from their own vineyard in Lafayette, their newly planted roots and winemaking experience have been years in the making.
Keith and Claudia’s focus on quality is evident in every bottle they create. They just recently released their first red wines, a signature Ranch Red blend (50% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon aged in new French oak barrels, 35% Malbec and 15% Merlot), and a 2021 Zinfandel. Both wines are extremely well-balanced and simply delicious. Their 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, an award-winner (95 Points/Double Gold), is crafted to deliver a crisp and thoughtful wine with a long-lasting impact. “We just wanted to make great tasting wines that can be enjoyed, it’s really that simple,” says Claudia Ross.
THE ROSSES HAVE NOT ONLY BUILT A WINERY BUT ALSO A PLACE WHERE NATURE, LUXURY, AND EXCEPTIONAL WINES COME TOGETHER.
Knights Valley is ideally surrounded by the majestic Mayacama mountain range and Mt. Saint Helena. Ross Ranch thrives on its unique terroir, with volcanic soil and microclimates that contribute to the exceptional quality of the grapes. The vineyards play a vital role in creating the serene and majestic ambiance of the ranch.
Visiting Ross Ranch is a memorable and immersive experience that showcases the couple’s love for wine and nature. Keith and Claudia warmly welcome guests to their ranch, where they can explore the vineyards, learn about winemaking firsthand, and appreciate the beautiful surroundings and plethora of farm animals. Alongside the vineyards, Keith and Claudia have created a space for agriculture, farm raised meats and organic produce. The ranch features a farm to table experience, adding to the charm of each guest’s visit.
At Ross Ranch, Keith and Claudia have built winery and a place where nature, luxury, and exceptional wines come together. Their commitment to sustainability, the land and creating wines that leave a lasting impression sets Ross Ranch apart. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, nature and animal lover, or simply seeking a relaxing getaway, a visit to Ross Ranch promises an unforgettable journey through the world of wine and the beauty of Sonoma County.
For those looking to delve deeper into the agricultural aspect of winemaking and enjoy a farmstay experience, Ross Ranch offers luxury accommodations. With stunning views of the vineyards and mountains, guests can indulge in the tranquility of the surroundings.
Ross Ranch is a testament to Keith and Claudia’s passion and dedication to their craft. Their meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality ensure that every bottle reflects the true essence of the grapes and the land they come from. As guests savor the exquisite wines, they also immerse themselves in a luxurious setting surrounded by nature’s beauty and the couple’s devotion to creating an unforgettable experience. rossranchwine.com
Rooted in California and having earned her degree at UCSB, Claudia Ross is living her best life in Knights Valley after leaving behind a career in public relations as the founder of Cross Marketing and former director of Harper’s BAZAAR and Marie Claire. She has worked with the world’s most iconic luxury brands. The owner and vintner of Ross Ranch, a working farm and vineyard producing a farm-to- table experience, Ross now enjoys sharing thoughtful insights into the world of wine country life, both socially and agriculturally.