Family-owned and operated by the Kautz Family, Ironstone is nestled in California’s Sierra Foothills’ charming gold rush town of Murphys. The seven-story premier winery and entertainment complex is surrounded by 14.5 acres of landscaped gardens. The building is a modern replica of an 1859 Gold Stamp Mill complete with tasting room, gourmet delicatessen, aging cavern, conference facilities, and the Heritage Museum and Jewelry Shoppe which contains the world’s largest specimen of Crystalline Gold Leaf – a 44-pound treasure uncovered just a few miles from the winery. During summer, the winery’s Ironstone Amphitheater plays host to a concert series with world-class artists from several types of music.
The Kautz Family, 4th generation family growers, has over 5,000 acres of vineyards planted in both the Lodi and Sierra Foothills have been practicing sustainable viticulture for over 30 years. In 1989, Steve Millier became founding winemaker and Vice President for Ironstone Vineyards. Steve’s winemaking skills produce wines for Ironstone that have won hundreds of awards, both nationally and internationally. He is founding member and past president of the Calaveras Wine Association, and has been an instrumental leader in establishing the history and credibility of Calaveras County’s wine industry.