Sones Cellars


We produce small lots of fine quality, distinctively Californian wines from grape varieties that flourish in California. Our primary focus is on Petite Sirah and Zinfandel.

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Located on the Westside in Santa Cruz, California.

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Michael and Lois Sones met in the mid-1980s while working at sea on the Carla Costa cruise ship – he, a social photographer; she, a massage therapist on break from medical social work.

Michael is British, born and raised in England, the biggest per capita wine market in the world. Soon after completing a course in photography, Michael joined the cruise ships as a photographer. Good food and good wine play a big part in life aboard cruise ships, and in this social, maritime environment his love of wine developed.

After 15 years at sea, Michael came to California, where he completed a degree in Fermentation Science at U.C. Davis in 1995. As Michael, Lois and their daughter, Michaela, make their home in Santa Cruz, Michael turned to the Santa Cruz Mountains to develop his winemaking skills. He began his wine journey at Ridge Vineyards as a Cellar Assistant; then joined Bonny Doon Vineyard, first as Cellar Assistant, followed by Cellar Master, then as Assistant Winemaker. Next he moved to David Bruce Winery as Cellar Master and member of the winemaking team. Currently he is Winemaker at Bargetto Family Winery in Soquel.

Lois is a native Californian. She grew up in a social family where good food was the norm at every meal. As an adult, she learned how the pleasures of good wine enhance the experience of good food, especially when shared with friends. One of her early and most pleasant wine memories is of good friends, a balmy summer’s evening on a boat in the Sacramento Delta, lovely French cheeses with a crackly baguette, and a 1978 Ridge York Creek Zinfandel. Lois, an avid cook and one-time caterer, brings an understanding of the sensory aspects of wine blending and aging. Before Sones' first release in 2006, Lois worked in the tasting room of Pelican Ranch Winery in Santa Cruz.

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334 B Ingalls Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
United States

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