Iron Horse is in the heart of Green Valley, 13 miles from the Pacific as the drone flies. Green Valley is the coolest, foggiest part of the Russian River areas. There are approximately 160 acres under vine, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – a patchwork of gentle, rolling hills, and a spectacular view from the winery, clear across Sonoma County to Mount St. Helena. The predominant soil-type is called “Gold Ridge”, a sandy loam that has excellent drainage and is perfectly, inherently balanced, making it one of the most coveted soil types, especially for growing Pinot Noir.
Our estate is divided into 39 blocks, farmed individually, harvested separately and then each vinified as a “single vineyard”. We practice “precision viticulture”: Each block has been planted with site-specific rootstock and clone selections. All pruning, canopy management, irrigation, and cover crop decisions are determined on a block-by-block (and sometimes even vine-by-vine) basis, considering both the vintage and the long-term needs of the land.
Hills are seeded with erosion control cover crop. Grape prunings are mulched into the earth to maintain soil health and high-quality recycled water is used to frost-protect the vines as well as irrigate the gardens. From 2005 to 2012, we replanted 82 acres originally planted in the early 70s, advancing our viticultural practices, enhancing all our wines.
We are certified sustainable, and engaged in a pilot program on climate-smart agriculture and how we can sequester more carbon in the soil. In addition, we are helping restore the fish habitat on Green Valley Creek, which bisects the vineyard.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.