The wines we make today are a culmination of four decades pursuing excellence with the fruit grown in our region. We believe that a history like ours is an asset only insofar as it is defined by evolution. Craft is not an overnight sensation; it is the step by step progress that only comes from intuition and experience.
What We Believe In
We’ve remained wholly independent and painstakingly dedicated to refining the myriad decisions we make each year to produce world-class wine.
Whereas wineries can become encumbered by the past, cornered into placation and stylistic adherence, we’ve remained wholly independent financially and aesthetically—and we’ve remained painstakingly dedicated to refining the myriad decisions we make each year to produce world- class wine. We are free to experiment, to capture exceptional expressions with Special Bottlings, to evolve—all without fear of rebuke from outside capital partners. We garner wide critical praise, but not because we make wine for the critics; we are just fortunate that they have understood the path we are on.
Adam pursued his vision of making natural wines that spoke of the place that they were grown, taking risks to produce wines where, as much as possible, nothing is added and nothing taken away.
An easy path forward would have been to follow the critics’ cues. Instead, Adam pursued his vision of making natural wines that spoke of the place that they were grown, taking risks to produce wines where, as much as possible, nothing is added and nothing taken away. We continue to avoid coercive winemaking; pumping, fining, racking, and adjustments are kept to an absolute minimum. Our evolution continues in winemaking and are now committed to all native yeast fermentations, and we restlessly pursue further refinements to bring the purest expression of the vine to you. We want our customers to enjoy racy and impressive exhibitions of vineyard character, unadorned by our hands—just subtly framed.
From Stockholm to New York, our wines are poured in the finest restaurants because the quality and value of The Ojai Vineyard is understood by wine professionals around the world.
You can count on the wines we’re releasing now, and in the future, to be defined by a spark and finesse that entirely belies our latitude. The devilish trick is being able express the exuberance our latitude offers while also preserving nuance and nerve, and that is where we are aesthetically grounded today. To that end, we primarily purchase fruit by-the-acre from premium coastal vineyards in Santa Barbara County, and we produce a few impactful wines from vineyards in the Ojai Valley. Our restless appetite for more winemaking thrills keeps us knee deep in ever evolving wine programs—enjoy the diversity of our portfolio!