The Dutton family started growing grapes in San Miguel in 1986 when we purchased a 26 acre Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard that was in need of a little “TLC”. With the help of some great neighbors, the next year, we harvested our first crop of Cabernet grapes. In 1993 RiverStar Vineyards was planted with three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, all planted on its own root in the loamy sand and gravel soils along the southern facing slopes of the Estrella River. These are ideal conditions for producing grapes with deep, rich color and robust ripeness. In 1997 we purchased a 15-year-old vineyard, Dutton Vineyards, that produces some of the best Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon in the area.
We are dedicated and committed to providing top wineries throughout California that purchase our grapes with superlative fruit. RiverStar Vineyards realizes that it takes great fruit to make great wine.Beginning in the late 1990’s, it was decided to transform our facility and begin producing wines in addition to growing our top-quality vineyards. The 2001 Syrah was our debut red, and still continues to be a favorite. Additional production of Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals completed the portfolio of initial offerings for the RiverStar family of wines.