Steve Dutton, President, Dutton Ranch Corp, USA
A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. Steve started working with his father when he was five years old, and joined Dutton Ranch full-time in 1987. Today, along with his mother and brother, he manages the family business, which has grown from its original 35-acre home shop vineyard to over 80 separate vineyards comprising more than 1,000 acres throughout western Russian River Valley.
In 1998, Steve Dutton and long-time friend Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them: to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards and founded the Dutton-Goldfield winery in the heart of the Sonoma Valley.