The name Gioia means “joy” in Italian and is an homage to the esoteric Italian varietals that were grown on this 100+ year old vineyard site dating back to the early 1900s. This southeast facing steeply sloped Sonoma Coast vineyard is nestled in the redwoods at the corner of Joy Road and Fitzpatrick Lane near Occidental. The vineyard is located approximately 7 miles from the ocean, and in 1998 was replanted to Pinot Noir with Pommard & Dijon clones. The steep rocky terrain and low yields makes this vineyard a labor of love, but the consistently low alcohol and incredibly nuanced flavors make the wines from this vineyard much sought after by Burgundy lovers.
2014 – 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
2015 – Double Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle; 92 Points, Pinot File
2016 – Double Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle
2017 – 98 Points and Double Gold Medal, San Francisco International Wine Competition