In 1986, Suzy & Squire packed up their three-year old daughter and all their worldly goods to trade the freeways of Southern California for the backroads and fertile soil of Sonoma Valley.
Suzy & Squire purchased 26 acres of raw land, just north of the village of Glen Ellen. The gentle rolling hills were covered with poison oak, manzanita trees, oak trees, madrone trees,
bay trees, and a few redwoods. They cut a few of the trees and put in a road, got poison oak, dug a well and brought in power, got more poison oak, built a cottage, hand planted two acres of
grapevines, and got a lot more poison oak. After a year of Calamine lotion, itching, and cottage living, they built a winery, planted a second vineyard, and created a new life for themselves.