Griffin's Lair


Griffin's Lair Vineyard is located on a wind-swept hill in the Petaluma Gap, in the southernmost part of the Sonoma Coast AVA (American Viticultural Appellation). The ranch is just north of San Pablo Bay in the Lakeville area, 25 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and 10 miles south of the historic town of Petaluma. The vineyard is owned and managed by Joan and Jim Griffin, whose focus is premium pinot noir and syrah.

Our objective is "to make wine in the vineyard": to produce highest quality fruit and to work with winemakers whose passion is handcrafted wines that are a clear expression of the grapes, the site, and the soils.

Griffinís Lair pinot noirs are produced by Adobe Road Winery, Delgado Wines (Don Van Staaveren, winemaker); Lombardi Wines, Loxton Cellars, Ramís Gate, and Wind Gap Wines. Vineyard-designated syrahs are made by Bedrock Wines, Loxton Cellars, Pax Mahle Wines, and Spottswoode.

Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard.

Mission Statement

Griffin’s Lair Vineyard is committed to sustainable practices, environmentally and socially:

  • We farm with the intention of always improving the soil, streams, wildlife habitat, grasslands, and other natural resources on our property.
  • We believe that organic products and integrated pest management programs result in wine grapes of the highest quality.
  • We farm in harmony with our neighbors and with respect for our vineyard workers.

If you've tried wines from our vineyard, if you're looking for exciting new pinot noirs or syrahs, or if you're a viticulture geek wanting to learn more about vines and wines, we invite you on a virtual tour of our vineyard . . .


A barrel of wine can work more miracles than a church full of saints.
--Italian prover