Today at Malibu Family Wines the vineyards consist of approximately 60,000 vines on 65 acres, with expansion plans to reach 100,000 vines. With the high altitude and separation from the coast, along with an ideal blend of weather conditions and rich, rocky soil, it's the perfect environment for growing premium wine grapes.
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.
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.
In early 2005 Faye decided I that I needed another job as my time wasn’t being completely used all 24 hours of the day – between my full time day job and working our 40 acre avocado & lemon ranch. So, during and shortly after a trip to the Russian River area we made the decision to turn our passion for wine making into a commercial endeavor. The agreement was … I'd make it, she’d sell it. Since we had always called our ranch "Rancho Ventavo" as we are a avocado and lemon ranch located on Ventavo Drive, we thought it only fitting to call our winery "Rancho Ventavo Cellars".
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 !
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.
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.