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Our Story Is About Vision

Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most beautiful, small, independent, estate, family-owned wineries. It is in cool, foggy Green Valley. The founding partners, Audrey and Barry Sterling first saw our property in the pouring rain in February 1976. Driving down Ross Station Road, they were sure they were lost until they crested the knoll and viewed 300 acres of gentle rolling hills, that looked like Camelot. Incurable romantics with extraordinary vision, they bought the property in just two weeks.

The story of Iron Horse is all about their vision.

Click on the photo of each of the four partners below to read their biographies.

A Brief History

Iron Horse is renowned for its Sparkling Wines, which have been served at the White House for six consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings ending the Cold War.

The winery produces a limited-production, vintage Blanc de Blancs, called Ocean Reserve, in partnership with National Geographic. The winery contributes $4 for each bottle sold to establish marine protected areas and reduce over-fishing around the globe.

Iron Horse Chardonnay is signature Green Valley – bright, crisp, clean, cool-climate perfection. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star. Current releases include eight single vineyard Pinots, each representing a specific vineyard block on the estate.

Iron Horse has been named an American icon in “Icons of the American Market Place” published by Random House.

The estate was named after a railroad stop which crossed the property in the 1890s. Winemaker Rodney Strong rediscovered it as a vineyard site in 1970, planting the original 55 acres of Chardonnay and 55 acres of Pinot Noir.

The logo, the rampant horse on a weathervane, came from a 19th century weathervane unearthed during construction.

The first vintage of Estate Chardonnay was produced in 1978. 1979 marked the first vintage of Estate Pinot Noir and the official opening of the winery. The first Sparkling Wines were vintage 1980.

Three generations live on the property ranging in age from 25 to 90 years old.