Martha Stoumen Wines
Martha Stoumen Wines, originating in the picturesque Sonoma County, California, in 2014, is a profound ode to the diminishing farming and winemaking culture rooted in the virtue of patience. The visionary behind this establishment, Martha Stoumen, embarked on this journey after eight years of rigorous apprenticeships alongside minimal-intervention winegrowers from around the globe. She emerged as a self-funded, first-generation winemaker with a central question in mind: "What does California taste like when we challenge the norm?"
This query became the cornerstone of Martha Stoumen Wines. The wines crafted here are emblematic of a bold reimagining of Northern Californian classics. What sets them apart is the unwavering commitment to sustainable, responsible winemaking practices. Over 98% of the vineyards associated with Martha Stoumen Wines are either certified organic or actively engage in organic or biodynamic farming. Remarkably, more than 70% of these vineyards practice dry farming, which means they rely solely on the water provided by nature.
Martha Stoumen's dedication extends beyond the vineyards and into the industry's gender dynamics. In a field where female ownership and leadership account for a mere 5%, she stands as a trailblazing figure, owning her place as a lead winemaker. Her pride extends to the exceptional team she leads, a female-led ensemble that is not just a testament to her vision but a symbol of change in the wine industry. Martha Stoumen Wines, therefore, is not just about wines; it's a movement, an exploration, and a challenge to the status quo, all while nurturing the precious legacy of patient winemaking.