We are a true garagiste winery in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Founded in 2000 by Stew Lauterbach and his wife Barbara Swary, we have been growing and making award winning wines in our garage since 2003. We purchased our land in 1992, planted pinot noir in 1996 and Syrah in 1998. Our first commercial Pinot Noir and Syrah was in 2000, produced for us at another winery. In 2003, we moved production to our garage where we have been making our wines ever since.
In 2006, Barb said, “We don’t grow white grapes but we need a summer wine, so why don’t we make a Rosé?” That first vintage ended up at a celebrity chef restaurant in Washington DC.
In 2008, Barb said, “I’m buying too much port,” so Stew got out the books and produced the first barrel of our “port” (Syrah Dessert Wine). The 2013 Dessert Wine won the “Best of Class” at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for port style wines.
In 2015, Barb said, “Why don’t we make a sparkling?” And as every husband knows, “happy wife, happy life,” so Stew got out the books and made the first batch of a Pinot Noir “noir de noir,” a red sparkling pinot noir. This has received rave reviews from our friends and wine club family.
We have never purchased a grape and currently nearly all of our wines are made on site in our garage and are estate bottled. Exceptions are our sparkling, which we occasionally take to our neighbor who has the equipment to do a step of the process and our (port style) Dessert Wine, where we buy the wine alcohol to fortify it.
Stew is a retired emergency physician with 33 years experience at the local trauma center, and Barb retired from the Council on Aging as the legal director. We continue to make small batch premium “garagiste” wines in our retirement.
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