Santa Barbara County region
One of Santa Barbara County’s up-and-coming artisan producers
A new player in Santa Barbara County, Carucci Wines specializes in single-vineyard Rhône wines crafted from some of the coolest vineyard sites on California’s Central Coast. Founders, and husband-and-wife team Eric and Lindsay Carucci, established the winery in 2009 and produce just 600 cases each year, spread across four different bottling (Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, and Syrah). It is their intention to grow very slowly while preserving the quality and authenticity of their site-driven, vintage-reflective wines.
Eric and Lindsay Carucci first became fascinated with wine after college, and over time, developed a deep appreciation for it. While living in San Diego, Eric met a winemaker whose family had a vineyard in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. After asking him thousands of winemaking questions, the winemaker suggested that Eric buy some fruit and make some wine if he was truly interested in learning about the process. Eric did just that, and he hasn’t looked back.
Completely self-taught as winemakers, Eric and Lindsay found they had a knack for finding exceptional vineyards, especially those on California’s Central Coast. It made for an easy decision when they were ready to start Carucci Wines. Not only are the Caruccis drawn to the region’s unique variety of microclimates, but there are so many different winemakers experimenting with different varietals and winemaking techniques there, that it makes for a very inspiring setting. Although Eric and Lindsay both live and work full time in Orange County, California (Eric as a financial analyst for US Bank), they spend as much time as possible up north, checking in on the vines and barrels and enjoying the progress of their family label.
We hope you enjoy this month’s Garagiste Wine Club feature, from one of Santa Barbara County’s up-and-coming artisan producers. Cheers!