Santa Rosa, CA
We Beldens feel incredibly fortunate to be stewards of this magical site on Sonoma Mountain which has taken turns as a dairy farm, prune orchard, and turn-of-the-century rural retreat, complete with a dance hall and stagecoach stop. The property’s long history of farming and hospitality dates back to the late 1800s. From the moment you arrive at Belden Barns and begin wandering through hillside vines, 1870s-era agricultural buildings, and valley-wide vistas, it’s easy to feel like you’ve walked into a dream. "One of Sonoma County’s most compelling new wineries of the last decade!" – Kim Westerman, Forbes
5561 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404
Meet the Team
Nate & Lauren Belden
Owners and Winemakers
Raised on a horse farm in Colorado, agriculture has always played an important part in Nate’s life. With one grandfather operating a cattle ranch in Montana and the other farming dairy and corn in Nebraska, it isn’t surprising that Nate developed a deep passion for the land, fantasizing about tractors and livestock the way his friends dreamed of fast cars and high tech gadgets.
While Nate’s childhood was spent caring for race horses, roping cattle, and planting crops, Lauren grew up in New York City, never getting much closer to farming than a disappointing attempt to “raise” sea monkeys in her kitchen. When she planted her first row of seeds in Sonoma many decades later, she literally screamed with joy the morning she woke to find the starts of edible salad vegetables bursting out of the dark brown dirt.
These days, when Nate’s not immersed in planning this year’s crops or next year’s harvest and bottling, he is most likely adventuring around the Bay Area with Lauren and their two small children, Olivia and Milo. Active volunteers, Nate and Lauren also focus their efforts on improving the lives of orphans near Arusha, Tanzania. Nate is also a Board Member of Burbank Housing, a Sonoma-based nonprofit dedicated to building quality affordable housing in the North Bay.