As one of the landmark wineries of Napa Valley, Sterling Vineyards enjoys a rich heritage, including groundbreaking wines, diverse vineyards, a historical winery with stunning architecture, and much more.
Sterling Vineyards Founded
Sterling Vineyards is founded in 1964 by British International paper broker, Oxford University graduate, and former London Financial Times writer Peter Newton. Impressed with the quality of Californian wines and inspired by the beauty of the Napa Valley, Newton decided to broaden the business interests of his company, Sterling International, with the purchase of a 50-acre parcel of established vineyard bordering Calistoga.
Napa Valley Terrior
Sterling Vineyards acquires additional upper valley property, including Bea Flats and Bothe Ranch, adjacent to St. Helena. Both are planted with new vines. Although Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular grape variety grown in the Napa Valley at this time. Peter Newton decides to cultivate Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc and the regions first significant planting of Merlot. This is considered a bold and innovative leap of faith in the local terroir.
Sterling Vineyards bottles the first vintage-dated Merlot in California. Prior to this, Merlot had been widely considered only for use as a blending varietal. This is also the winery’s first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
Martin Waterfield, an officer of Newton’s company designs a starkly beautiful, Mediterranean-style white stucco winery complex, inspired by the structures on the Greek island of Mykonos, where Peter Newton once lived.
The new winery is ready to harvest and formally opened to the public for a gala benefit for the San Francisco Symphony.
Today Sterling is one of the most visited wineries in the Napa Valley.