Santa Barbara County region
A vision and passion for Rhone-style wines
Founded in 2011 by Ian Sergy and Zach Jarosz, Archium Cellars was born of a shared vision and passion for Rhone-style wines. Ian and Zach are good friends who work in the entertainment industry and first met while working together on a show for Fox in the late 1990’s. Today, Ian is an editor for a big television post-production studio and Zach is an executive at a major production company, and while their homes are in Los Angeles, much of their time is spent on California’s Central Coast where they recently launched Archium Cellars.
The idea that sparked Archium Cellars was a Wine Spectator cover story about Fred Schrader of Schrader Cellars. His wine had earned the prestigious ‘Wine of the Year’ honor and Ian and Zach were surprised to learn that he owned neither a vineyard nor a winery. Unaware that this was common, Ian and Zach were suddenly imagining the possibility of creating their own brand. The friends were long time wine hobbyists and had traveled extensively throughout wine country in California and Europe. They began learning the winemaking process from an academic perspective first (through books, the Internet, and many mentors within the Santa Barbara wine community) and their first harvest in 2011 became the first vintage for Archium Cellars. Archium, which is Latin for ‘archive,’ became the winery name since Ian and Zach saw each vintage as an archive of their efforts in winemaking.
Ian and Zach chose to focus on Rhone-style varietals because they were inspired by the complexity, boldness, and creative blending opportunities the grapes provided. They also felt Santa Barbara County offered some of the best Rhone fruit, so it was an easy decision when creating Archium Cellars’ vision. Most of the fruit is sourced from vineyards within the Santa Ynez Valley and all of the wines are made at Archium Cellars’ production facility in Buelton, just outside the Danish Village of Solvang.