Founded in 2011, Percheron-McFarland is the wine marketing unit of the 100+ year old California wine grape growing company, M.B. McFarland and Sons, Inc. We are the original founders of The Monterey Vineyard Winery 1974, the first bonded winery in Gonzales, California, and, Smith and Hook vineyard and Winery 1974, the first bonded winery in the famed Santa Lucia Highlands, Soledad, California.Our company symbol is the Percheron work horse which originated in Le Percher, France. The McFarland family, 7th generation American farmers, fifth generation California farmers, began using the historic Percheron breed in the 1800s while in Adams and Monroe Counties, Ohio. Later, in 1904, when James Boyd McFarland moved to Anaheim, California, he began using Percherons on his own farming operation. He preferred dapple gray, but he did have some black Percherons in his stable. His horses were highly prized for their speed and pulling strength. As a matter of fact, they won numerous pulling and speed contests at early California State fairs.