Founded in 1964 by Peter Newton, a British International paper broker and Oxford graduate, Sterling Vineyards, over the course of just a few years, “rose to the top”, both figuratively and geographically. With the original purchase of just a 50 acre parcel of established vineyards, Sterling Vineyards has grown, diversified, and become one of the “destination” wineries in the Napa Valley. In 1971, construction began on the starkly beautiful, Mediterranean style white stucco winery complex inspired by the structures on the Greek Island of Mykonos, where Peter Newton once lived. In 1973, the one-of-a-kind aerial tramway opened to transport guests from the parking lot to the winery, which is perched high atop a knoll in the northern end of the valley. Upon arrival at the top, one is served “tastes” of wine along the way as they enjoy a self-guided tour of the facility. The tour ends up in the tasting room, where the back deck sits among the tall redwood trees, and the views and the wines get even better.
Sterling bottled the first vintage-dated Merlot in California in 1969, and has gone on to produce many award winning varietals ever since. In 2008, the tram was completely converted to solar power, contributing to the many factors which led to their being one of the first 12 wineries distinguished as a Certified Napa County Green Winery.
Let Napa Valley Wine Country Tours do the driving, and let yourself enjoy the views along the way, and the uniquely gorgeous experience that is Sterling Vineyards. www.winecountrylimos.com