In 1982, the Stuhlmuller family bought the 150 acre parcel based on the quality of the 90 acres of vines that had been planted in the 1970s. Located in the southwestern corner of the Alexander Valley, north of Sonoma, over the years, Roger and Carmen, along with their son Fritz, meticulously developed the and established a reputation as growers of world-class grapes. Fritz was so inspired by the complex, expressive wines being made from his family’s vineyard that in 1996, he established a small, artisan winery bearing the Stuhlmuller name. By 2000, Fritz had achieved his goal of turning Stuhlmuller Vineyards into an estate winery by converting an historic barn on the property into a winemaking facility and in 2004 promoted Danish born Leo Hansen from assistant winemaker to winemaker.
The property has special soils for the vines, as it sits on the Russian River and its location allows for both a volcanic and river bench soil. These soils, combined with fog and cool evenings temperatures allow for a long growing season that allows the grapes to reach physiological maturity and result in much more interesting wines to drink.
For Roanoke Valley Wine Company, Stuhlmuller has been a go-to property for great value California wine and we also make full use of Stuhlmuller’s half bottle program.