Jaffurs Wine Cellars
Santa Barbara County region
From the iconic Bien Nacido Vineyard of Santa Maria comes this elegant Viognier.
Nestled in downtown Santa Barbara, Jaffurs Wine Cellars specializes in Rhône-style varietals from the premier vineyards in Santa Barbara County. The winery was founded by trailblazer Craig Jaffurs, who produced his first commercial wine in 1994 and went on to earn high praise from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. Over the years, Craig earned widespread recognition for his wines at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and upon retiring in 2016, passed the entity on to current owner and executive winemaker, Dan Green.
Dan Green has worked harvests throughout California and is also the co-founder and winemaker for Santa Barbara-based Conarium Wines, which he started with friend Greg Nelson in 2012. It has been Dan’s mission to preserve what makes the Jaffurs brand special, focusing on crafting small-lot, single vineyard wines from renowned vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon and Happy Canyon. These vineyards include such famed properties as Thompson, Bien Nacido, Stolpman, and Fiddlestix, to name a few.
Jaffurs’ award-winning wines can be tasted in the quaint downtown Santa Barbara tasting room, just a short walk from the beach. We are confident that this month's Gold Wine Club members will enjoy Jaffurs' brilliant 2018 Viognier. Cheers!
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Stephen Searle, Jaffurs Winemaker
Stephen Searle’s wine journey began in Boston, waiting tables in the city’s vibrant restaurant scene. It led him to study Enology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and after several years in the California wine industry, and many trips abroad, he settled in Santa Barbara. Inspired by nuanced, cool-climate winemaking, Stephen strives to produce wines of both power and clarity, allowing the complexities of each vineyard and vintage to shine through.