Stephanie McFarland is a 12th generation Monterey County resident tracing her heritage back to the original Spanish founders of California. She is a direct descendant of Manuel Butron, official horticulturist to the Spanish Crown in California. In 1770, it was Manuel Butron that planted the first vineyards and orchards in California at the Carmel Mission, Carmel, California.
In 1976 Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and began her career in marketing. In 1983 she was hired by Jerry McFarland to be the first marketing/sale person for Smith & Hook Winery. Smith & Hook holds the distinction of being the first winery in the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. After the McFarland organization sold Smith & Hook to the Hahn family, Stephanie studied culinary arts. From 1990 to 2011 she taught culinary skills for the Salinas Union High School District. In 2011 she and her late husband, Jerry, founded Full Tilt, Mira Flora and J. McFarland wine brands.