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Skipstone Wine

Already an Alexander Valley icon, Skipstone Wine is poised to become a global power—both in winemaking and as a luxury/eco-tourism mecca—after one of the most sweeping, sensational updates in the region’s history.

But that is getting ahead of the story.

First, some background, which centers on the one-and-only Fahri Diner.

A native of Cyprus in the heart of the Mediterranean, Diner has never shied away from hard work, be it in his family’s olive oil farms or in the boardroom, where he is a titan. Many in the business world know Diner as a visionary and the mind behind such brands as Plume Design, Sigma Partners, Qtera Corporation and more. However, not many know about his childhood on those olive oil farms.

Of course, until they come to Skipstone Wine.

Wholly inspired by the vistas, agriculture and sustainable nature of Diner’s youth in those olive trees, Skipstone is nestled into a hillside and has a diversity of soil found almost nowhere else on earth, resulting in several varietals that make guests’ hearts nearly skip a beat. Diner leaves the making of the wines to the experts, notably the acclaimed Laura Jones – a veteran of Aubert and Cliff Lede – and global winemaking consultant Philippe Melka, but his impeccable footprint is clear in every direction and in every glass.

Just how grand are Diner’s plans?

First, there is the tasting space and production facility.

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Set for completion in the next year, Skipstone is building a showpiece winery that brings together winemaking with tastings in a way never seen before in the region. The architecture and design team have envisioned a winery that highlights Skipstone’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, and the winery is expected to be granted LEED Platinum status, which will make it one of only four wineries in the world with this certification. The state-of-the-art production facility will be complemented by over-the-top modern luxury suites and a mind-boggling massive patio for tasting experiences, all from atop the second story of the building with views that go on for miles in nearly every direction. The views of the 200-acre estate and its 27 acres of CCOF-certified organic, biodynamic vineyards are, of course, the highlight. It will even boast a living roof, orchards and culinary gardens, and the team is working with global biodynamics titan Philippe Armenier, who is highly regarded  for his programs with Opus One, Viader and Grace Family.

Oh, and that is not all.

While the above is slated for opening in 2025, the winery offers daily 90-minute tastings ($125 per person) by appointment only, and the ultimate vineyard experience in the Residence at Skipstone.

The more than 8,300-sq.-ft. Residence at Skipstone is an impeccably appointed five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom estate at the heart of the property. Available for nightly rental, this is far more than a wine country AirBnB or VRBO. An entertainer’s paradise as much as a wine country retreat, the sprawling property has a full kitchen with optional private chef services, piano room, multiple great rooms, billiards pavilion and ample outdoor space complete with a large pool, fire pit, outdoor bar and grilling spaces, steam room, full gym and private cellar. They even have a wine concierge who pre-selects specialty wines in a private fridge for purchase by guests during their stay. 

Speaking of concierge, the Residence guests have exclusive access to their own personal concierge throughout their stay. The concierge can arrange private golf and jet services and curate a full wine country itinerary based on all guests’ tastes and sensibilities to ensure a bucket-list experience for all.

skipstone wine

Thirsty for more? There are several bottles from which to choose to acquaint oneself with the brand.

Rose de Constance: Now, Skipstone is a love letter to red wine. That being said, to honor his wife – Constance – and her love of bubbles, Diner and the Skipstone team offer this Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne in partnership with Diebolt-Vallois. $135

Skipstone Oliver’s Blend Cabernet Sauvignon: Structured and deeply aromatic, this wine is named to honor the eldest son of Diner. The 2021 vintage is especially striking, with a floral bouquet intermingled with black fruit and a palate of red berries with balanced acid. $225

Skipstone Faultline Faultline Vineyard Bordeaux Blend: A true expression of Laura Jones’ immense talents and precision, enjoy every ounce of the blue fruits, espresso and spice in this blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. $225

For more information, visit www.skipstonewines.com.

2505 Geysers Rd.
Geyserville, CA 95441

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