Stanton Vineyards - Doug Stanton, Owner & Vineyard Manager
Doug Stanton, Vineyard Manager for Stanton Family Vineyards, understands that the most
important component to making great wine begins with the grapes and the land on which they’re
For Doug, growing and selling grapes is in his blood. For more than 60 years (since 1947 when
grandfather Jesse purchased his first vineyard property), the Stanton family has been growing and
selling grapes in the Napa Valley. Doug was born in Los Angeles in 1959 and relocated with his
parents to St. Helena in 1971, when his father and grandfather joined forces to farm their
vineyard properties. He graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in
Business Administration. But it was in 1982, when Doug first worked the harvest with his dad,
that he got excited about farming.
Upon graduation from Chico, Doug worked as an assistant tennis pro in Carmel Valley for a couple
of years, before deciding to begin work in the wine industry. Starting in January 1985, he trained
at Gallo Wine Company in their sales division learning the ins and outs of the challenging
distribution and sales side of the business. He soon decided, though, that his heart was in the
tending of the vines. He joined his family’s business, taking over as Vineyard Manager for Stanton
Family Vineyards, a position he still holds.
After years of producing and selling outstanding grapes to prominent Napa Valley wineries such
as Newton, Duckhorn and Joseph Phelps, Doug decided to launch his own brand. In 1999 he
produced the first Cabernet Sauvignon under the Stanton label. Each year since, Doug and his
family have sought to hone their farming skills and artistry to produce the highest quality fruit
possible. Doug developed a passion for Petite Sirah while growing outstanding fruit for Stags’ Leap
Winery and launched his first limited production vintage of that varietal in 2004.
Committed to viticulture and the preservation of the Napa wine industry, Doug served as
President of the Board of Directors, Napa Valley Cooperative Winery in 1992 and 1993 and later
served as President of the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association in 1997 to 2000.
Doug’s family continues to inspire him. He and his wife Kristen have been married since 1990, and
they had their daughter Natalie in 2000.
Like his father and grandfather, Doug believes in cultivating the land himself. With his 91 year
old father still actively farming beside him, Doug doesn’t foresee retirement from farming anytime
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