Tony and Kimberly Kirk established Birdstone Winery with the goal of producing world-class wines from Madera-appellation grapes. A friend and family effort from the start, Birdstone’s winemaking team includes Tony, Kimberly and their sons, Travis and Conner. It’s not uncommon to find Tony and Kim’s siblings, parents or friends behind the bar in the Tasting Room or helping to crush grapes during harvest.
Tony Kirk was born and raised in Madera, California, and got a taste of the wine business while studying at California State University, Fresno. After visiting over hundred wineries, Tony was intrigued by winemaking and completed courses at UC Davis and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He began meeting with other winemakers and winery owners to understand the "real" side of the business. Tony often credits those individuals for any success he has experienced in the wine industry.
In the span of a few years, Tony and Kimberly went from making a few barrels of wine for family and friends to opening and operating a profitable working winery. Birdstone Winery currently buys 100 percent of their fruit from a number of local winegrape growers, and works with the Madera Vintners Association to promote excellence in winemaking and help direct the growth of the Madera region through a commitment to modern winemaking techniques and sustainable vineyard practices. In 2008, the Kirk family embarked on their own vineyard development program, and they are training vines today for wines that will be served on family tables for years to come.