My family’s three ranches are located in two of Santa Barbara county’s most esteemed appellations: the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Rita Hills.
— Dan Gainey
These vineyards allow us to capture the full spectrum of Santa Barbara winemaking while growing each grape variety in its ideal location.
Farming our own vineyards also enables us to control the entire experience from vine to bottle, ensuring that the Gainey name stands for consistency and quality.
We make our home on this land, and we strive to treat it with respect and reverence.
Our longstanding sustainable practices include using cover crops, compost and natural amendments to condition our soils; avoiding the use of pesticides to ensure the well-being of our environment and workers; and controlling weeds by hand to prevent the use of herbicides.
Named for the 1,800-acre ranch that has been the Gainey family's home for more than 60 years, our Home Ranch is located in the warmer (Region III) eastern portion of the Santa Ynez Valley. Planted between 1983 and 2020, it boasts an ideal climate and range of soils for Bordeaux and select Rhône varieties. The vineyard’s 100 acres span three soil types: Positas gravelly loam, Santa Ynez gravelly loam and Chamise shaly loam.
Nestled in a cool (Region I) site in the Santa Rita Hills, Evan’s Ranch is exposed to prevailing marine breezes that flow inland from the nearby Pacific Ocean. With its favorable climate, topography and soils, Evan’s Ranch is an ideal site for the cultivation of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The ranch’s hillside blocks are planted on Tierra gravelly loam soils, while Botella clay loam and Marina sand are found at lower elevations. Evan’s Ranch is planted to 55 acres of vines in total.
Planted in 2009, Rancho Esperanza is located in the Santa Rita Hills, where it is strongly influenced by a cool marine climate (Region I). This site’s unique topography and sandy loam soils make it an ideal location for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Rancho Esperanza features six clones of Chardonnay planted on Elder sandy loam, and five clones of Pinot Noir planted on Tierra sandy loam, all spanning a total of 45 acres.
We believe that our viticultural care and intention are reflected in each bottle of Gainey wine.