Our Mission & History
At Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery, we craft world-class wines made from classic Bordeaux grape varieties. Our grapes are farmed organically in Sonoma Valley, in keeping with the highest environmental standards.
Nicholas Carriger brought his family to Sonoma from Missouri in 1847. He purchased a 1,000-acre parcel a few miles west of the same plaza where the California Republic was born. Choosing his land both for its beauty and its well-drained soils, Carriger would become the first American to grow wine grapes in Sonoma Valley.
On a spring morning 148 years later, Leslie and Mac McQuown walked onto Carriger’s former property. They spoke with one voice:
“Look at those trees!”
The magnificent valley oaks on our property often elicit such expressions of wonder. These huge trees, alive since the Renaissance, are anchored in a hundred-foot-deep mixture of river rock and alluvium washed down by Carriger Creek from Sonoma Mountain, just to the west.
These soils—plus southern Sonoma Valley’s relatively cool climate, owing to a marine influence from the Pacific Ocean and the northern reaches of San Francisco Bay—make this site ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon grapes with Bordeaux-like character.
The McQuowns promptly purchased the property, naming it for a century-old stone wall that bordered a bygone sheep pasture. They eventually expanded the farm to its present-day 16 acres, with 4.4 acres of vines as the centerpiece.
In 2004, Mac McQuown launched a new venture with his friend and previous winemaking associate, Jeff Baker, who brought his winemaking prowess and a small mountain vineyard to the nascent Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery. Sonoma’s preeminent organic viticulturist, Phil Coturri, completed the talented production team.
Mac had spent his boyhood summers working on a farm and, over time, became a noted entrepreneur, environmentalist, and collector of fine wine. Leslie McQuown brought to Stone Edge Farm her expertise in exterior and interior design and a passion for integrating gracious living with appreciation and respect for nature. Stone Edge Farm is a confluence of the McQuowns’ interests, a blend of ethics and aesthetics, and a demonstration farm for what is possible.
With more than a hundred heirloom vegetables plus olive groves, fruit trees, ornamental plants, herbs, chickens, and beehives, in addition to grapevines, the farm is a wondrously diverse and productive organic garden on a large scale.
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