Welcome to Inspiration Vineyards and Winery.  Founded in 2002, our mission hasn’t wavered: We strive to produce high quality, food friendly wines at an affordable price, using the finest quality grapes grown throughout Sonoma County.



Great Grandfather and Aunts in San Martin Vineyards, c 1910

Can you believe that we have been actively producing wines since the turn of the century?

Slight exaggeration, but actually true. Although it has only been since 1999 that Jon started producing wine for friends and family; his fascination with wine began while he was in college, working in the tasting room at the Mirassou Winery in San Jose, California.

It may also be possible that Jon’s interest in wine is in his blood. In the early 1900’s, Jon’s great-grandparents owned and farmed vineyards in San Martin, California.

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Sonoma Strong Promotion Sonoma Strong Shipping Promotion – until December 31, 2019$5 Shipping on 12 bottles

Buy 12 bottles of our delicious Sonoma County wine and pay just $5 for shipping in the continental United States. Our list is current and has a few of our older releases along with our newest releases from this year. Check back periodically, because we’ll be adding some special holiday packs to the line-up. If you’re looking for something specific that’s not listed here, please feel free to reach out directly to us and we’ll get back to you within one business day.


Jon’s Fall Illinois Roadtrip – Nov 9th til 16th

Sat, Nov 9th – 2pm til 5pm – HyVee (Sycamore) Fall Wine Tasting Event

Just in time to stock up for the holidays, please join us at the Sycamore HyVee to revisit our line-up of awesome, small lot produced wines from Sonoma County. HyVee has been a wonderful partner and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to share our wines during their annual holiday event.

Mon, Nov 11th – 7pm til 9pm – Birch Road Cellar (Roscoe Village – Chicago)

We are extremely excited about this new venue where we can show-off our latest releases. Inspiration Vineyards is hosting this tasting and invites all of you to discover this first of its kind, BYOB members-only club. Designed to give people an alternative to a night out at a bar, Birch Road Cellar is a hidden escape that members access via fingerprint scanner. Each member has a locker in the temperature-controlled cellar that they stock themselves with their favorite wine or spirit. There are no bartenders, no cocktail menus, no bill at the end of the night. Members can bring in friends for drinks without any reservations needed and distill their night down to what matters most: good drinks, good conversation.

Non-members ARE welcome – please RSVP to jon@inspirationvineyards.com. The club is located at 2002 W. Roscoe Street. For more info about the venue, Birch Road Cellar, visit their website: https://www.birchroadcellar.com/chicago

Wed, Nov 13th – 5pm – Inspiration Wine Tasting @ Opart Thai

Thanks to years of wine tastings, co-hosted by Rosalyn Ford, please join us for some wonderful Thai food and experience our newest releases at Opart Thai, located at 1906 South State Street, Chicago. To help us know how much table space to reserve, please RSVP to jon@inspirationvineyards.com. For more information about the venue, including their menu, visit: https://www.opartthai.com/menu_state_st.php

Sat, Nov 16th – 1pm til 5pm – In Store Wine Tasting @ Wine Knows (Grayslake)

Here’s your opportunity in Northern Illinois to stock up for the holidays. Join Phil and Jon for another fun wine tasting and catch up on the goings on at Inspiration Vineyards. We’ll be restocking the store shelves with some of our newest releases and look forward to seeing some familiar faces. For more information on Wine Knows, visit their website at: http://www.philvino.com.


Since 2011, Inspiration Vineyards has been offering custom wine making to those who lack a facility of their own. Jon Phillips & Dylan Sheldon, have almost 40 years of combined experienced in producing high quality, small production, award winning wines. Where some custom wine making facilities require a large multi-ton minimum commitment, our focus has always been on small lot production, willing to take on single barrel projects when asked.

We offer a full range of wine making and consulting services to address your needs from custom wine making, also known as “custom crush” to winery hosting, also known as Alternating Proprietor (AP) services.

Because everyone’s wine making goals are unique and different, please contact us to make and appointment for a free consultation. Both Jon and Dylan would be happy to sit down and meet with you to discuss your objectives and our pricing.