Matt Stone's family founded Napa valley icon, Sterling Vineyards in 1964. As a young man, Matt earned his first paycheck from the winery and helped his father with many aspects of vineyard and winery life. Keeping his nose close to the wine industry, Matt moved to France and took up residency with the Edmund Rothschild family (Lafite side) where he was actually present for the inaugural harvest of their Chateau Clarke in Medoc. After his stint with the Rothschild's, he honed his sales skills as a sugar trader in Paris and New York. In 2000 he returned to Napa Valley with his wife and 3 children, a move that virtually ensured his re-entry into the wine business.
Kat, Rob and Matt, met at the school their children attended in Napa and a business partnership was formed in 2005.
Much like the diversity of our founding families, the Art+Farm winemaking philosophy is grounded in two equally important but radically different approaches.
The girls in the vineyard is a celebration of time and place, recognizing and embracing the effects of a particular set of climatic conditions in a given year and how those conditions impart their own distinctive character. Therefore the girls celebrate a single vintage, a single varietal and a single vineyard. View all The Girls In The Vineyard Wines
About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.