Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they’d enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables.
A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of the Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. Today, along with his mother and brother, Steve manages the family business, which has grown from its original 35-acre home-shop vineyard to over 80 separate vineyards comprising more than 1,000 acres throughout western Russian River Valley.
After graduating from Boston’s Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking along the way. Always an outdoors enthusiast and adventurer, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking