The Herzog family has been making wine for a long time. They trace their winemaking origins back to Philip Herzog, who made wine in Slovakia for the Austro-Hungarian court more than a century ago. Philip’s wines were so appreciated by Emperor Franz-Josef, that the emperor made Philip a baron. The Baron Herzog wines—a line of premium yet moderately priced California varietals—are named to commemorate the honor.
To garnish the table and plenish the cups of prominent personalities and distinguished visitors to the estate - winemaking took place in the cellars of Noble Oaks between 1930's. On an oak covered hill in the Ojai Valley, the property - with its rambling Spanish Colonial Revival – Andalusian Farmhouse home, was a sacred place of the Chumash people. The location and orientation of the house was chosen to preserve and protect an ancient Chumash molcajete - indigenous to the property. This large stone is located in the courtyard near the front entrance of the home which was built in 1928. Noble Oaks Vineyard was established in 2000 with a 1 acre planting of Malbec. In 2009, Tannat - another masculine robust red, was grafted to 130 vines.
Our wine is from the oldest traditions. The pipes are old, but not as old as wine.
We make our wine the natural way. No additives except water, and no sulfites
added, and certainly we do not take any of the stuff out.
The taste and smell is there. Decanting makes the drinking better and the
tradition is like a warm blanket on a cold day !
There are more than 40 independent vineyard-wineries in the
Santa Monica Mountains, from Topanga Canyon to Malibu,
that make their wines at the Camarillo Custom Crush Winery.
Their wines have become cult classics to those in the know.
Many of these hard to find treasures are available,
for tasting and purchase.
The Ojai Vineyard, owned by Adam and Helen Tolmach, works closely with a dozen different vineyards on the Central Coast of California and produces wines from syrah, grenache, mourvedre, pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier. About 6000 cases are produced each year, divided between 15 bottlings, most of which are vineyard designated wines.
After 14 years making wine at two world class wineries (Mount Eden Vineyards and The Ojai Vineyard) Michael & Anita Meagher started up Vino V Wines in 2004 focusing on the goal of making distinctive wines from grapes grown in the cooler growing regions of Santa Barbara County.
Rancho Ventavo Cellars - In early 2005 Faye decided that her husband George Filpatrick I needed another job as his time wasn’t being completely used all 24 hours of the day – between his full time day job and working our 40 acre avocado & lemon ranch. So, during and shortly after a trip to the Russian River area the couple made the decision to turn their passion for wine making into a commercial endeavor. The agreement was George would make the wines and Faye would sell it. Since the couple had always called their ranch "Rancho Ventavo", an avocado and lemon ranch located on Ventavo Drive, it only seemed fitting to call the winery "Rancho Ventavo Cellars". While the winery is not open to the public you can taste the wines that the Filpatrick's produce in their tasting room in Oxnard, CA. *
Fri- 12:00pm to 5:00pm
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Sun- 12:00pm to 5:00pm
The Casa Barranca Certified Organic Winery is a central feature of the National Historic Landmark Casa Barranca Estate, designed in 1909 by Greene & Greene. Located in picturesque Ojai Valley, California, Casa Barranca is the first certified organic winery in the Santa Barbara region.
Four Brix Winery – an urban winery located in the heart of Ventura – specializes in internationally-inspired wine blends. Four Brix Winery produces wines based upo therr four favorite grape growing regions: Italy, France, Spain and California. The word “Brix” is a term for measurement of sugar in grapes; therefore Four Brix equals four sweets spots for great wine! With a total production of around 1,000 cases, these wines are very limited and in high demand.