It all began with the Schatz family in the early 1950’s, whose passion for farming has been passed along to each generation with the love for the land and vineyards. As third generation grape growers, Rodney and Gayla Schatz carry on the same traditions today as their parents and great-grandparents did many years ago, growing superior grapes that are sold to numerous wineries throughout the country. They purchased their first vineyard in 1985 and built a winery in 2002 as a custom crush facility producing premium wines to wineries both large and small. With a drive to create their own label to share from the vineyards that have captured their hearts, came the desire to make outstanding wines with a commitment to quality and excellence creating individuality in each bottle. Thus, their flagship Peltier Station Petite Sirah launched the beginning of many vintages and varietals.
In the early 1900’s locomotives delivered wine grapes and fresh fruit throughout the nation from old packing sheds that at one time graced the railroad tracks in the vineyards throughout the Lodi Appellation. Crates of red and white grapes were loaded onto boxcars delivered to wineries and home winemakers. “Peltier Station,” in days past, was a frequent stop where the winery is now located and vineyards still flourish. The name emerged in honor of the local history and abounding railroads that helped build California.