The story of Ironstone Vineyards started in the hands of John Kautz, a young row crop farmer from Lodi who saw the future in growing wine grapes in Lodi. With 12 acres in 1948, John quickly built an excellent reputation as a premium wine grape supplier, amassing over 5,000 acres of grapes in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills and eventually becoming one of the top ten wine grape growers in California.
In 1988, John, his wife Gail and their children dedicated themselves to the creation of a wine of their own. In 1989, using dynamite, pick axes and shovels, a crew of miners carved through limestone and Calaveras Schist Rock on Gail’s family ranch in Murphys, California and fashioned the site of Ironstone’s wine aging caverns.
Tantalize your senses and explore our award-winning wines in our Tasting Room and Gourmet Delicatessen, rustic and elegant with its monumental 42-foot stone fireplace and historic oak bar. Wind your way through The Heritage Museum and Jewelry Shoppe, where fine jewelry and objects d’art are intertwined with a collection of gold rush treasures, including a rare, one of a kind, forty-four pound Crystalline Gold Leaf Specimen - the largest in the world!
A state-of-the-art wine production facility, built in the style of a 19th century gold stamp mill, the facility and grounds are peppered throughout with antiques and artifacts from days gone by, including the artfully restored Alhambra Theater Pipe Organ. Ironstone Vineyards also houses a Culinary Exhibition Center, an Outdoor Amphitheater , Wine Aging Caverns, Meeting and Banquet Facilities, and fourteen acres of Spectacular Lakeside Gardens.
Ironstone Vineyards is so much more than a winery. Family-owned and family-oriented, there is always something interesting happening at Ironstone, from complimentary tours and wine tasting, to cooking demonstrations, silent movies, holiday brunches, concerts, and gold panning for children of all ages.