History of the Winery


Back in 1985, around a friendly game of Liar’s Dice, Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready decided to make their love of fine wines official. They began creating Fume Blanc and Chardonnay from Murphy Ranch and Murphy-Goode Vineyard in Sonoma County. Murphy and Goode were growers who helped to pioneer Alexander Valley. They brought wire trellising, broad scale drip irrigation and leaf pulling to Alexander Valley. Tim Murphy is considered a father of Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc. Dave Ready was the marketer of the trio – bringing a fun personality to the winery that it is still known for today.

Keeping it in the family, Dave Ready Jr. became our winemaker in 2001 and continues in this role today. Dave’s passion, spirit and character shine through in every bottle of Murphy-Goode. The winery became part of Jackson Family Wines in 2007, allowing for even more access to source from some of California’s finest coastal vineryards.

Fast forward over 30 vintages and today Murphy-Goode is still honoring our founders by sourcing from the best growers in California. We’ve added more wines to the line-up, including world-class Bordeaux varieties and Zinfandels from Alexander Valley. We’re proud of our history in Sonoma County and look forward to bringing you incredible wines for many years to come.

Cheers to the ‘Goode Life’!