Estate wineries are what most people picture when they imagine going wine tasting: a pastoral setting with Instagram-able views of vineyards, high-end wines, and outdoor seating. The Santa Ynez Valley is filled with beautiful estate wineries that fulfill all the expectations of what a day of wine tasting should be. The wine tasting experience at an estate winery can end up being more transformative and experiential. Standing in the actual place where the grapes are grown and produced helps connect people to the land, the history, and the energy of the place. It rounds out the experience in a way that a non- estate tasting rooms can’t provide.
We are often asked after a solid rainfall season “how did the rain affect the vineyards?”
And it’s a tricky question, because it can be positive or negative depending on timing during the vines growing cycle. We like winter rains—and yet we don’t like rain after berry set (May/June) or too close to harvest. The amount of rain makes a difference depending on the time of year as well. Winter = great. Late Summer and Fall rains = problematic.
Dan, there’s obviously been big changes in the world over the past month, what’s changed at Gainey?
Some parts of the business have changed dramatically, and some parts really haven’t changed much at all. The greatest changes, of course, have been to our tasting room operations. Our Evan’s Ranch tasting room in Los Olivos has been closed entirely and our Gainey tasting room is only open now for curbside pickups.
We recently started offering virtual tastings and they have been a huge hit. We sold out of the kits the first week we offered them they were so popular. Thankfully, we have reordered and have them back on our website for purchase.