Timeline

  • 1881
    Warren Dutton purchased the family's first 200 acres in Santa Rosa and planted the property to prunes trees produced by Luther Burbank.
  • 1964
    Generations later, Warren and Gail Dutton purchase 35 acres of land near the little town of Graton.
  • 1967
    The Duttons plant their first Chardonnay vineyard.
  • 1974
    Martin Ray Winery becomes the first winery to proudly designate Dutton Ranch on its label.
  • 1977
    Warren receives 'Outstanding Young Farmer' award from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • 1979
    Kistler Vineyards produces first vineyard designate from Dutton Ranch.
  • 1985
    The Duttons sell their Santa Rosa fruit stand, for years an unofficial landmark in Santa Rosa, and the surrounding property to developers.
  • 1994
    Warren and Gail’s son Joe and his wife Tracy start Dutton Estate Winery
  • 1998
    Warren and Gail’s son Steve and his wife Theresa launch Dutton-Goldfield Winery with winemaker Dan Goldfield
  • 1999
    Warren Dutton is named ‘Agriculturist of the Year’ by Sonoma County Farm Bureau at their 81st Annual Meeting
  • 1999
    Steve Dutton receives 'Outstanding Young Farmer' award from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • 2000
    Joe Dutton receives 'Outstanding Young Farmer' award from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair
  • 2001
    Warren dies of a heart attack while riding his horse in October of 2001. Gail, Steve and Joe continue to run the business.
  • 2002
    Warren is named Sebastopol’s Citizen of the Year.
  • 2002
    The Warren Dutton Family receives the Viticulture Award of Excellence from the Sonoma County Grape Growers.
  • 2006
    On Nov 1 the Warren G. Dutton Jr. Agriculture Pavilion officially opens at Santa Rosa Junior College. Located on the college's 365-acre Shone Farm in Forestville, the Ag Pavilion offers students a wine laboratory, demonstration kitchen, indoor showcase arena, outdoor equine arena and conference and learning center.
  • 2006
    Steve and Joe Dutton are named ‘Agriculturists of the Year’ by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau at their 89th Annual Dinner
  • Today
    The Duttons farm 1,300 acres 1,100 acres of grapes and 200 acres of CCOF Certified Organic apples predominately within the Russian River Valley appellation