Black and white image of smiling Damaris Deere Ford, great-granddaughter of John Deere

1974

Rooted in a rich history of agriculture, Landmark Vineyards is founded by a group that includes Damaris Deere Ford, great-great-granddaughter of John Deere, inventor of the first steel plow.

Enchanting views of Sonoma Valley

1989

Enchanted by the sweeping views of the Mayacamas Mountains and the growing wine community, Damaris Deere Ford (by this time, Landmark’s sole proprietor) moves the vineyard to its present site in the Sonoma Valley.

Overlook Chardonnay vineyard

1991

Damaris Deere Ford turns her attention exclusively to producing chardonnay and creates the first vintage of our flagship wine Overlook Chardonnay.

World-renowned enologist Helen Turley

1993

Landmark deepens its commitment to chardonnay by hiring world-renowned enologist Helen Turley. The collaboration leads to Landmark’s signature style: whole cluster pressed grapes, fermentation by native yeast strains, and aging in French oak.

Purple grapes

1995

Named after the town in Illinois where John Deere set up his blacksmith shop, Grand Detour is released by Landmark as the inaugural vintage of and our first foray into pinot noir.

Landmark’s 1995 Overlook Chardonnay Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List

1997

Landmark’s 1995 Overlook Chardonnay lands a spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List. It’s the first of eight times.

Landmark releases its first Overlook Pinot Noir

2014

Landmark releases its first Overlook Pinot Noir. It’s the latest achievement for Greg Stach, a winemaker well known for creating some of California’s best single-vineyard pinot noirs.

Winemaking

Landmark uses the most time and labor-intensive techniques to produce our wines. Grapes are aged in French oak barrels, where naturally occurring wild yeasts ferment the juice. This creates complex, aromatic wines with deep, expressive flavors.

Our Winemaker

Greg Stach, Landmark’s winemaker, is renowned for crafting elegant, world-class wines.

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Our Winemaker

Greg Stach, Landmark’s winemaker, is renowned for crafting elegant, world-class wines.

Our Winemaker

Our Vineyards

Our grapes come from the finest vineyards and regions, from Sonoma to Santa Barbara, which ensures that every grape in every bottle is the best that vintage has to offer.

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Our Vineyards

Our grapes come from the finest vineyards and regions, from Sonoma to Santa Barbara, which ensures that every grape in every bottle is the best that vintage has to offer.

Our Vineyards