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 proud!

All of our wines are handcrafted and produced from grapes proudly grown in Sonoma County, California.

Every March, we welcome visitors to the winery to try samples from the barrel. Called “futures”, save 40% by purchasing now before the wines are bottled.

Our Wine Store includes our newest vintages along with a limited amount of wines from previous vintages. Because alcohol shipments require special permits and an adult signature, we’re not able to ship to ALL states. Depending on what state we’re shipping to, we have two different secure Wine Store Shopping Carts. Please reach out to us if you don’t see your state on one of these links.

CLICK HERE to order and ship within California and these other states: AL AK AZ CO CT DC FL IL MI MN NJ NV OH OR UT WA WI

CLICK HERE to order and ship to these states, : GA HI IA ID IN KS LA MA MD ME MN MO NC ND NE NH NM NY OK PA SC TN TX VA VT WV WY

CLICK HERE and SAVE 40% on Wine Futures for ALL states (Until April 30th)

We welcome your inquiries if you have any questions about our wine-making practices and philosophy. Thank you for shopping with us today!


Zoom – Virtual Tasting

Saturday, @ 3:00pm (pdt) Live Interactive Tasting with Jon Phillips

Our Wines
Inspiration Vineyards Wine Glass

Unless otherwise noted, join me on Saturdays for a live virtual tasting. Because of the success of our first tasting, I’ve increased the amount of time to one hour. Topics for the next couple of weeks are below. Order your wines by Sunday and I should be able to have them shipped via UPS ground to you by Friday. Thank you to everyone who has already participated – looking forward to seeing you each week!

Cheers… Jon

Session Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4838229033

Zoom is free! Visit zoom.us to sign-up and download their software.

Saturday, March 28th @ 3:00pm – The tale of two Pinots. We’ll be tasting our newest release of the 2018 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley against our previous release of our 2017 Reserve Pinot, Russian River Valley and talk about the differences between both wines, including where the grapes are grown, how the wines were made and what makes a “reserve” wine really special.

Saturday, April 4th @ 3:00pm – How our Cab Sauv’s have evolved over the years. We’ll be tasting our ’15 vintage against our newest ’17 vintage and possibly a third from the library as we explore the different vineyards in Sonoma County that I’ve used to produce our Cabernet Sauvignon.

Saturday, April 11th @ 3:00pm – The tail of 4 vintages of our single vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel. We’ll taste four vintages back to back (’17, ’16, ’15, ’14) and talk about the differences that weather played in each vintage.

As we evolve these tastings, look for some discussion on future topics, like food & wine pairing ideas with recipes and some discussion about places other than Sonoma County that makes great wine, like Chablis.

Family Winemakers of California – Del Mar Tasting

RESCHEDULEDSunday May 31st from noon until 5:00 pm

Join Inspiration Vineyards along with 75 other small wineries in San Diego as we pour our latest releases. This is an amazing event where you’ll be able to choose from over 350 different wines to sample. For more information and tickets, visit the Family Winemakers of California website.

Jon’s Spring Illinois Roadtrip – May 9th til 17th

The Chicago Bean

Mark your calendar for some fun times in Illinois. The following events have already been scheduled. For more information, feel free to reach out to Jon using our email link below!

May 9th, Sat: Winemaker Dinner @ HyVee, Sycamore Illinos. Contact John @ HyVee for costs and reservations.

May 13th, Wed: “Ros” Winemaker Dinner @ Birch Road Cellars, 1113 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago – 5:30pm – RSVP required, menu & cost TBD.

May 14th, Thur: Birch Road Cellars – members tasting @ 2002 w Roscoe, Chicago

May 15th, Fri: Birch Road Cellars – members tasting @ 1113 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago

May 16th, Sat: Winetasting @ Wine Knows, Grayslake Illinois. Contact Phil for times.

May 17th, Sun: Winemaker Dinner @ Bluegrass Cafe, Highland Park, Illinois. Contact Jim @ Bluegrass for costs and reservations.

2020 Micro Winery Event Schedule @ Inspiration Winery

image - Inspiration Vineyards micro winery open house
Inspiration Vineyards micro winery event

Join us under one Inspiring roof for our Micro Winery Events, featuring hand-crafted wines from several of our winemaking clients.

Try & Buy Wines You Normally Can’t!

These wineries don’t have public tasting rooms, so this is a unique opportunity for you to TRY & BUY wines from these uniquely different wineries, each with their own winemaker present to tell you their stories and introduce you to their wines. Experience the small lot, artisanal wines from:

  • Amrita Cellars
  • Inspiration Vineyards
  • Little Red Vineyard
  • Mersenne Wines
  • Perri Jaye
  • Premonition Cellars
  • Rio Crest Wines
  • Rojas Wines
  • Sheldon Wines
  • Tom Mackey Cellars
  • Valiance Wines

The mix of wineries may change from date to date – block your calendars now for this amazing event!

April 26th – Sunday from 11:00am till 4:00pm

August 16th – Sunday from 11:00am till 4:00pm


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.