David Stare had an early affection for wine. As a young man and social chairman of his fraternity, he opted for wine tastings instead of keg parties. He later planted 40 vines next to his family’s garage in Baltimore. Eventually, he went to work for the B & O Railroad and then accepted a job in Koblenz Germany near the Rhine. He recalls that his decision had little to do with engineering, and more to do with wanting to live in Germany and learn more about wine.
His interest finally got the best of him in 1970 when he moved his family to California and began a two year search for a winery site. In 1972 David Stare purchased a 155-acre decrepit prune orchard in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. He produced his first vintage that same year, making only 1,200 cases of wine. In 1973, construction on his 3,500 square foot winery facility was completed. Today, the winery has become one of America’s top ten award-winning wineries.
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