The blend of friendship between Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield and their shared vision to produce cool-climate wines led to the creation of Dutton-Goldfield Winery.
Dutton’s longtime family background in farming combined with Goldfield’s winemaking experience formed the backdrop for Dutton-Goldfield’s exceptional wines. Their portfolio includes a range of varietals, all capitalizing on top quality fruit grown in their vineyards.
Visiting the Winery
The Sebastopol tasting room in Russian River Valley AVA is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day) from 10:00 am, and the last appointment is at 4:00 pm.
Dutton-Goldfield’s Discovery Tastings feature a selection of five limited-production wines, from their aromatic whites to their single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. Guests will hear the stories behind the wines and have an opportunity to discover cool climate wines.
The seated tastings are limited to a maximum of six guests, and they are available inside the tasting room or outdoors on the winery’s patio. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted based on availability.
Pinot Noir Road Trip
This unique experience is both enjoyable and educational. The tasting features five Pinot Noirs, ranging from Mendocino County vineyards, to high elevation Sonoma Coast sites, through the Russian River Valley, and finally down to Marin County—a road trip experience through wine tasting.
In addition, guests will see soil samples from each area to further illustrate the differences between each wine.
Wine & Cheese Experience
This seated tasting explores the winery’s limited-production wines from across the Dutton-Goldfield portfolio of varietals. Guests will learn about the wines and why they pair so well with local artisan cheeses.
Current releases include Marin County Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine, North Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Pinot Blanc, Marin County Gewürztraminer, Russian River Valley Syrah, and Petaluma Gap Riesling.
Four Chardonnays are available: Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, Devil’s Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay, and Rued Vineyard Chardonnay.
With ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir grapes in many of their vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield offers nine different Pinot Noirs including the Deviate Pinot Noir, Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir and Docker Hill Pinot Noir.
Sustainability and Conservation
Dutton-Goldfield takes pride in its commitment to sustainability, saying, “All of our vineyard properties are grown sustainably certified and we display certified sustainable on their Dutton Ranch labels. Our vineyards have also passed the Fish Friendly Farming Certification Program.
Another aspect of being sustainable and less impactful on the neighboring properties is that the vineyards have captured rainwater ponds to irrigate and minimize ground water usage.”
In the tasting room, they reuse glass wine bottle boxes for customers to take away instead of purchasing additional cardboard carryout style packaging, further recycling and reducing their carbon footprint.
In addition, their corks are recycled back to the cork supplier to be ground up and used in a new cork product and tin capsules from the neck of opened bottles are recycled through a local metal recycler.
When it comes to social equity, the Dutton family says they offer free housing for more than 145 seasonal workers and subsidized housing for their foremen and their families.
Visit Dutton-Goldfield Winery for its beautiful location, friendly staff, and most of all, for the wines. Their success in producing cool-climate wines is evident in each varietal they serve, and it’s a great pleasure to taste wines from Chardonnay and Rosé to Pinot Noir and Syrah in the welcoming atmosphere of their tasting room.