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 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

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


Birch Road Cellars – Wine Tasting

Thursday, April 18th – 6:00pm until 9:30pm @ Birch Road Cellars, Lincoln Park – Chicago

If you haven’t been to Birch Road before and you live in Chicago near Lincoln Park, then you’re missing out!  

Birch Road is a private BYOB club with a cool city vibe, lot’s of restaurants in the neighborhood and just a great place to hang out after work with friends or a place where you can bring your out of town guests. 

We’ll be tasting some of my newest line-up and taking orders all evening. If you’ve never heard of Birch Road before, you can arrange to be my guest, or contact club manager Gabrielle Dyson, aka Gabby or Lady of the House for more information!

Birch Road | Lincoln Park – 1113 W. Armitage Avenue – Chicago, IL 60614

birchroad.com – email: gabby@birchroad.com  –  312.715.7774

Galena Taphouse – Winemaker Dinner

Friday, April 19th – 6:00pm @ Galena Taphouse with Chef Gino Brandon


I’ll be back in Galena Illinois for what should be another outstanding dinner prepared by Chef Gino. Our last dinner was amazing so you won’t want to miss out!  What’s also great is that thanks to Miss Kitty’s off-sale, you can buy my wines to go after the dinner!

Reservations are suggested and dinner will start at 6:00pm.  For more information, reach out to the Grape Escape or the Galena Taphouse.

Galena Taphouse – 215 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036

galenataphouse.com – To make reservations, call 815.402.3123


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.