Can you believe that I have been actively producing wines since the turn of the century?

Slight exaggeration, but actually true. Although it has only been since 1999 that I started producing wine for friends and family; my fascination with wine began while I was in college, working in the tasting room at the Mirassou Winery in San Jose, California.

It may also be possible that my interest in wine is in my blood. My great-grandparents owned vineyards in San Martin, California in the early 1900s (see photo to the right)

San Martin, California c.1910

After leaving Mirassou, my knowledge and interest in wine continued to grow. I began independently teaching wine appreciation classes on the San Francisco Peninsula. Subsequently, I took classes through UC Davis Extension in Enology and Viticulture. Then in 1999, I produced my first wine, one barrel of Contra Costa Zinfandel using grapes purchased from Rosenblum Cellars.

As production expanded and the medals started validating my efforts, I became more and more aware that steps needed to be taken to move our home garage winery operations into a larger facility that could be bonded and licensed to produce a commercial product. In 2001 my wife and I made the move to Sonoma County and bought 6 acres in the Russian River Valley that included Chardonnay and an Old Vine Zinfandel Vineyard.

In 2002, while waiting for permits, our first commercial vintage was produced a neighboring winery. In June of 2003, Inspiration Vineyards announced its first release, and by fall of 2003 with permits in hand, our wine making efforts began on-site, with the production of approximately 500 cases.

By 2009 our production had grown to approximately 2000 cases and it was time to look for a larger space to produce and sell our wines. In September 2010, we moved our winemaking operations and opened a tasting room in the Pinecreek Business Park where alongside several other well known wineries, we remain.

Today, we offer winemaking services to about a dozen clients and have once again reduced Inspiration's production to about 500 cases annually of small lot, hand produced, high quality wines. All of the wines produced under the Inspiration Vineyards label are made from grapes grown throughout Sonoma County. Thank you for visiting our website today, we hope that you were just a little bit Inspired by our history.

Cheers!  Jon

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