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Gainey Vineyard - Santa Barbara County - Central C

The Gainey Vineyard is ‘One of the best wineries to visit on California’s Central Coast’” says the Wine Spectator.

“One of Santa Barbara County’s finest wineries,” says well-known wine reviewer, Robert Parker Jr. “One of the most beautiful wineries in the world,” says The Los Angeles Times. Situated in the beautiful Santa Ynez valley, on California’s central coast, the 18,000 case winery lies within the Gainey family’s 1,800 acre ranch.

In addition to 65 acres of vineyards, the property is home to a 100 acre horse ranch, 600 acres of alfalfa, wheat and squash, 1000 acres of grazing land, and 50 or so acres of seed flowers. In fact, it is one of the largest diversified farming operation in the Santa Ynez valley.

It had been a longtime dream of Daniel J. Gainey, to start a winery. It was an interest that started in the early 1960’s after initially buying the Santa Ynez ranch property to raise Arabian horses. In the late 1960’s he was among the first in the area to grow grapes. However, his career demands in running Jostens Corporation (the jewelry ring company), did not allow him to pursue his dream in earnest until after his retirement in the early 1980’s.

By then, the valley was beginning to emerge as the new wine country. In 1984, after several years of research and development, Gainey opened his winery. Two years later, Gainey’s son, Daniel H. Gainey, joined his father in the family business. Although Daniel J. still oversees the operation, Daniel H. has run the day-to-day business for almost 15 years.

Initially, the winery’s 1,800 Home Ranch Vineyard was planted 53 acres of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Johannisberg Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Semillon. In the 1990s, new acres were added of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Viognier and Merlot.

The Gainey’s have recently developed a new 35-acre vineyard located just west of the Home Ranch. The Santa Rosa Hills Ranch is in the cooler, western portion of the Santa Ynez Valley that is subject to strong, marine influences that, along with its different soil types and topography, make it an ideal location for growing Burgundian and Rhone varieties.

The father-son team is content with the size and production of their winery. Instead of concentrating on the growth of the winery, they concern themselves with what’s growing in the vineyards. They are serious about developing the vines, and utilizing only the best quality fruit for their wines. After all, the family name is on the label!

And a visit to the winery will quickly tell you the Gaineys did not compromise on the facility either. It is, perhaps the most efficient, well-planned, high tech winery of its size in the country. The facility was designed with visitors in mind. The 12,000 square foot winery boasts a Spanish style tasting room and visitor center, where tours are conducted seven days a week. Visitors are led on an educational walk through demonstration vineyards, set up to show different varieties of grapes on the vine. In the vineyard, guests view several pruning and trellising techniques and methods of irrigation. And, naturally the tour concludes with a view of the wine making process itself. It is a virtual vine-to-wine tour.

The Gainey’s involve the community too with their endeavors at the winery. Not only do they offer a program of cooking classes year-round, their famous summer concert series and art shows attract visitors from all parts of the state.

The Gainey Vineyard does a brisk walk-in business--roughly half of 18,000 cases are sold right there at the winery. Only a scant 8-10,000 cases are distributed to restaurants and retailers, mostly in the surrounding counties. So, if you are in the area, plan a trip to the Gainey winery, we guarantee it will be worthwhile.

Dear Platinum Series Wine Club Members:

This special bottling of Sauvignon Blanc is made in a style that we have spent years perfecting, and is a wine of which we are extremely proud.

I believe that a great wine starts in the vineyard, and this wine is made from 100% Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. In order to grow fruit of intense flavor and concentration, the vines were shoot-thinned to yield smaller quantities and leaves were pulled to allow more sunlight to reach the clusters. The wine is then primarily barrel-fermented and aged in French oak for 9 months.

By having total control of the wine from vineyard to bottling, we have succeeded in producing an unusually rich and exotic Sauvignon Blanc that continues to receive critical acclaim year after year. We are proud to be included on Robert Parker’s list of ‘California’s Finest Producers of Sauvignon Blanc’” as well as being named ‘One of the Leading Sauvignon Blanc Producers in California” by Restaurant Wine Magazine.

I hope you enjoy this award-winning Sauvignon Blanc with a special meal, and I invite you to visit our winery in the Santa Ynez Valley to experience all of our handcrafted wines.

Dan Gainey - Owner