Sonoma County’s Dehlinger Winery buys 35-acre Stiling Vineyard

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The family behind Dehlinger Winery purchased 35 acres of chardonnay and pinot noir vines just north of their Russian River Valley estate vineyard.

The Dehlingers acquired Stiling Vineyard next door from the Stiling family, saying existing grape contracts will be fulfilled, according to the Tuesday announcement. A small portion of Stiling Vineyard fruit would go into the Dehlinger brand, it said.

The deal closed Monday, May 1. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

Prime vineyards have been a hot-selling item in the North Coast in the past few years, as wine producers move to lock in grape supply amid growing challenges in establishing new vine acreage.

“The addition of the Stiling ranch to our acreage continues our commitment to estate grown grapes and strengthens our dedication to the Russian River Valley,” said Eva Dehlinger, general manager and daughter of founder Tom Dehlinger, in the announcement.

Stiling Vineyard was once part of Garbro Ranch, said to be known for premium berry and apple production. Don Stiling bought the property in 1986, and the family developed the vineyard in 1988–2005. The property was given vineyard-designate status.

“We have had a positive relationship with the Stiling family for many decades,” Eva Dehlinger said in an email to the Business Journal. “The Stilings had long said that they would speak to us first, their neighbors, if they ever felt ready to sell. They followed through with that commitment when the time came.”

Tom Dehlinger in 1975 planted the first 14 acres of vines and built a small winery. He married Carole in 1978 and they expanded the vineyard across the 45-acre property at 4101 Vine Hill Road north of Sebastopol and west of Santa Rosa. Their other daughter, Carmen, is sales manager.

The winery produces about 7,000 cases of estate wines annually.

The Dehlingers’ attorney was Jeremy Olsan of Perry Johnson Anderson Miller & Moskowitz in Santa Rosa. The Stilings were represented by William Hatcher of Santa Rosa’s Hatcher and Rundel.

CORRECTION: The name of the property from which Stiling Vineyard was created was Garbro Ranch. The original story had incorrect spelling.

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