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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.  The winery contributes $5 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.

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Wine Tasting with a View

Iron Horse is an enchanting, family-owned, working winery, offering a genuine experience of wine country. The winery is a cluster of rustic, redwood barn-style buildings at the end of a meandering, one-lane road; on a hill overlooking undulating hills of grape vines. The "Tasting Room" is outdoors, offering a stunning view for your wine tasting all the way across Sonoma County to Mount St. Helena. Against this backdrop, taste Sparkling Wines that have been served at the White House since 1985. The Chardonnays radiate elegance. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star. Tastings are by appointment. Maximum group size is six guests. Pets are not allowed. If you would like to make reservations for a group larger than 6, please call us at 707-820-1203 or email Our Tasting Room Manager Jared Laskey Online reservations can be made up to 24 hours in advance.  Day of reservations can be made by calling 707-820-1203.
$35 per person, complimentary for wine club members. Please reserve in advance. Groups larger than 6 are subject to special pricing, please inquire.

Summer Sparkling Magnum Experience

Enjoy the magic of Sparkling magnums at a seated tasting of Iron Horse’s crème de la crème bubblies in magnums in the enchanting setting of our Gazebo. We’ve transformed this charming outdoor space into a warm and enveloping haven of summer vibes. Limited to 14 guests per seating, taste through four different magnums of our most highly rated cuvées, including Joy! and 2015 Stargazing. You’ll learn why magnums are the optimum size for bubbly while snacking on a curated assortment of tasty treats – all perfect pairings with bubbly. For an elevated add-on, pre-order Tsar Nicoulai Reserve Caviar by the half ounce with chips for $75. Guests receive a 20% discount on all magnums. This experience is reserved for guests 21 and over. Due to limited seating, non-tasting guests are not permitted. 10:30and 1:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays from May 25 to September 1. You have the option of booking a “private” table for six ($600) or eight ($800) or enjoy the sociability of being part of a communal table.
$85 per person/ $60 Club Members

Outdoor Picnic Area

Dive into a relaxing Iron Horse afternoon at picnic tables overlooking our beautiful estate vineyards. Kick back, relax, and soak in the incredible views with no agenda. We'll open the bottles and you bring the picnic (outside food is permitted). We've got the good stuff ready to pour, just pick your favorites from our current price list and have fun. Two bottle minimum and two hour limit per table. Book directly with the tasting room: 707.820.1203 or email
$50 table reservation fee on weekends (F-S) and $25 on weekdays (M-Th) | 1 Table Complimentary for Wine Club Members | Please reserve in advance