Iron Horse Vineyards

Joy Sterling

  • 9786 Ross Station Road
Pinot Noir Sparkling Chardonnay

Iron Horse Vineyards is world-class producer of elegant sparkling and still wines. Planted by winemaker Rodney Strong in 1970, the estate sprawls amid 300 undulating acres in of West Sonoma County. Officially founded in 1976 by Audrey and Barry Sterling, Iron Horse was named after a railroad stop which crossed the property a century earlier.

Iron Horse sparkling wines have been served at the White House for six consecutive presidential administrations. With a demonstrated commitment to environmental issues and stewardship of both the land and community, the winery produces a limited-production, vintage Blanc de Blancs called Ocean Reserve, for which a portion of sales benefits  protected marine areas and reduces over-fishing around the globe. Iron Horse Chardonnay is a bright, crisp, and clean–a beautiful embodiment of its Green Valley appellation. Pinot Noir is the winery’s rising star, with eight single vineyard Pinots each representing a specific vineyard block on the estate.

Today, Iron Horse is led by second-generation vintner and CEO Joy Sterling.  A graduate of Yale University, Joy enjoyed a successful career as Deputy Bureau Chief for ABC Network News before joining the family winery in 1985. She is a member of the California State Food & Agriculture Board, appointed by the Governor.