Rhône-Inspired Wines

In 2006, we resurrected our family’s wine-making legacy by re-establishing Skinner Vineyards & Winery in the Sierra Foothills. We are committed to making elegant Rhône-inspired wines that express the distinct qualities of our granitic soils and meticulously farmed, high elevation vineyards.

Mike’s great-great-great grandfather, James Skinner, was a Scottish miner who established and ran the original Skinner winery from 1861 through the early 1900’s. With the new Skinner Vineyards, we hope to weave our history with the bright future of the foothills, and unite our love of family, nature, food, and wine.


Mike and Carey Skinner

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Historical Site
Back in the Family

This spring, we were able to purchase an important part of the original J. Skinner Winery property – a stone cellar dating back to the late 1860s. One of the last remaining cellars of its kind in California, it was designated a Historic Site by the Native Sons of the Golden West in 2013.  Our hope is that through preserving it, we’ll save a bit of our local history. Read more here.

Recent Press

Wine Business Monthly Top 10 Hot Brands 2014 read more

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines, 2014 read more

Wine Spectator 12 Enticing California Reds: New reviews of Syrah, Grenache and more from the Sierra Foothills read more