Iron Horse Vineyards
Descending the crest of a knoll on Ross Station Road, the three hundred acres of land comprising Iron Horse Ranch and Vineyards opens to rolling hills covered with grapevines. Across a bridge, up an oak lined winding drive and between a row of alternating palm and olive trees brings you to Iron Horse Winery. The unique location of Iron Horse in Sonoma County-Green Valley, sixty-five miles north of San Francisco and ten miles from the Pacific Coast, provides sunny days with fog-cooled nights and mornings, the perfect long growing season for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Barry and Audrey Sterling had searched for a winery site in Europe for seven years before finding this ideal setting in Sonoma County. With founding partner and winemaker Forrest Tancer, they built the winery at Iron Horse in 1979 and formed a partnership to use exclusively the grapes from Iron Horse Vineyards and from Forrest’s family estate, the T Bar T Ranch in the Alexander Valley, just 30 miles away. Twenty years later, the accolades for Iron Horse keep rolling in. Numerous times they’ve been named as one of Wine & Spirits wineries of the year, and as one of the top 50 most popular, best selling wines in the publication’s poll of 1,000 restaurants. Iron Horse wines have also been selected among the top 100 wines of the year by both the The Wine Spectator and the Wine Enthusiast.