Brick Barn Wine Estate
Santa Ynez Valley AVA
We farm our vineyard with an unconditional respect for nature, and we believe that the native beauty of this land speaks through our wines.
Brick Barn Wine Estate founder, Norman Williams, originally purchased this land from the Buell family in 1968. This historical property is located in the westernmost frontier of the Santa Ynez Valley, and has had an intriguing history. The brick barn was built to house world class Arabian horses in the early 1970’s. This barn endures as an achievement of artistic and physical exertion, with each brick signifying a determined attention to detail. Beyond its distinctive split-face brick, the barn was artfully marked by a mid-century modern roof-line at its entrance.
As wine grapes began being planted in earnest in the valley, Norman and his wife Kathleen were drawn to the idea of growing grapes—and ultimately making wine. They saw immense promise in their land, and they knew that its distinct location could create exceptional wines. In 2012, they planted 35 acres to Albariño, Chardonnay, Vermentino, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Grenache. The specific varieties were chosen for their synergy with the estate’s unique growing conditions, terroir and because both Norman and Kathleen were passionate about them.
Today, 40 years later, the property has fulfilled its destiny, becoming a premium wine estate with 35 vineyard acres and other portions of the ranch dedicated to organic vegetable farming and cattle ranching (the brick barn has also been re-imagined as a winery and tasting room).
The vineyard’s south-facing orientation is unique in the Santa Ynez Valley, the valley is predominately situated in an east-west direction. With the Pacific Ocean just 10 miles away, the marine influence is forceful yet solar exposure remains persistent — a providential combination that produces fruit with extraordinary dimension. The back hills of the historic ranch remain untamed, inhabited by ancient oaks, wild pigs, red tail hawks and other wildlife. We farm our vineyard with an unconditional respect for nature, and we believe that the native beauty of this land speaks through our wines. White varieties are planted to the river basin, where sandy soils produce assertive aromas and tenacious acidity. Red varieties unfold along an upper highland, where rocky loam and limestone soils impart qualities of intensity and finesse.
We are pleased to bring this refreshing Rosé to our Gold Wine Club Plus! members. Enjoy it as an aperitif on its own, or along with creamy cheeses and toasts.