Kautz Farms

April 2010 003With over 8,000 acres of vineyards in the Lodi and Sierra Foothills appellations, The Kautz Farms is a major supplier of wine grapes to the California wine industry.  The story of Kautz Farms started in the hands of John Kautz, a young row crop farmer from Lodi who saw the future in growing wine grapes in Lodi.  With 12 acres in 1948, John quickly built an excellent reputation as a premium wine grape supplier, amassing over 5,000 acres of grapes in Lodi and the Sierra Foothills and eventually becoming one of the top ten wine grape growers in California. 
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In 1988, John, his wife Gail and their children dedicated themselves to the creation of a wine of their own. While still maintaining grape sales to top wineries around the world, they brought award-winning winemaker Steve Millier aboard to launch Kautz wines, which would evolve into Ironstone Vineyards, a wine brand dedicated to the production of exceptional wines of unparalleled quality, outstanding value and everyday approachability.