Ever since the first gold nugget was discovered in the Sierra Foothills, the region has attracted dreamers, innovators, and pioneers. The Kautz family settled in Lodi, CA in 1926 and founded their first winery, Bear Creek, in 1968 - the same year they planted their first vineyards. Over the next 20 years, the family expanded its vineyard holdings to more than 5,000 acres of vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and Lodi. Today, the second generation of the Kautz Family to make wine operates a state-of-the-art winery that produces acclaimed wines in the Sierra Foothills town of Murphy, in the heart of California’s scenic Gold Rush Country.
For more than 30 years, the Kautz family has been committed to sustainable viticulture practices that improve the health of the vineyards and the larger environment. With more than 6,000 acres of vineyards in the Sierra Foothills and Lodi, the Kautz family has been an essential part of the region’s winemaking history. Ironstone’s Leaping Horse Brand represents value-driven everyday wines from the family’s best vineyards throughout the Lodi appellation.