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Three Sticks Wines: Great Wine and Awesome Winemakers

Part of a Chardonnay Blog series.


Address: 143 W Spain St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Phone: (707) 936-3328

Appointments are required. Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily

Tours/Tastings Offered: Three Sticks Wines offers several different tastings: A Taste of Three Sticks for $75.00 per person and A Food and Wine Pairing Sunday through Friday, $110.00 per person.

The entrance for Three Sticks Wines
Image Three Sticks Wines via Wine By Appointment LLC

A historical plaque denotes the structure as having been identified as "Casa Castenada Demler-Jones-Vallejo circa 1842"
Image Three Sticks Wines via Wine By Appointment LLC

What's Their Story:

Mr. Price started his journey in wine by collecting wines from Durrell Vineyard. He grew so enamored he bought the Durell Vineyard in 1997. Durrell Vineyard became the birthplace of Three Sticks Wines.

Mr. Price is no stranger to premium wineries and vineyards. Mr. Price is currently the proprietor of Classic Wines, LLC and Price Family Vineyards, LLC, which has invested in Durell Vineyard, Gap's Crown Vineyard, Walala Vineyard, Kistler, and Lutum as well as Three Sticks Wines.

A primary reason for Three Sticks Wines' success is the caliber and pedigree of their winemakers through the years. Don Van Staaveren of Chateau St. Jean and Sonoma Wines fame was Three Sticks Wines winemaker from 2004 through 2015. Then Bob Cabral, winemaker for Williams Selyem, and Ryan Prichard, assistant winemaker for Medlock Ames, joined three Sticks Wines, and it's been award-winning wine ever since. In 2023, Mr. Prichard was promoted to Director of Winemaking for Three Sticks Wine.

All in all, this means Three Sticks Wines makes pretty yummy Chardonnay.

The seating area at Three Sticks Wines features a shaded patio surrounded by tall hedges.
Image Three Sticks Wines via Wine By Appointment LLC

Why The Winery Made The Grade:

Three Sticks Wines has earned so many accolades and awards; they probably don't keep count anymore. Their Chardonnay vineyards are some of the best in the world. Take any Pinot Noir lovers along with you if you visit; their Pinot Noirs are out of this world, too.

A table sits beneath a chandelier in the Three Sticks Wines tasting room
Image Three Sticks Wines via Wine By Appointment LLC

A table in the tasting room is set for two
Image Three Sticks Wines via Wine By Appointment LLC


Bill Price purchased the 1842 Vallejo Casteñada Adobe in 2012. The adobe was completely refurbished as a Sonoma landmark and opened as Three Sticks Wines tasting salon in 2014.

Enchanting with gorgeous patio gardens and a pristine interior tasting room, a visit to Three Sticks Wines is warranted for just seeing the adobe.

Which Winery Visitor Type Would Love It :

Authenticity Seekers would enjoy the very intimate tour with extremely knowledgeable staff. Oenophiles would welcome a tour because of the wine's reputation and the tour's caliber. Luxury Seekers would revel in the opportunity to see a refurbished adobe (bragging rights), and Casual Wine Drinkers will delight in the unpretentiousness and the beauty of the patio gardens.

Read the next blog in the series: White Rock Vineyards

Or read all of the blogs in our new guide, Chardonnay Wineries of Sonoma and Napa.


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