1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the
eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle,
farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation
in the valley.
Formerly Chairman of the Board of Jostens, Inc., Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984
to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted
51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November
of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors.
Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have
set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in
Santa Barbara County.
Since the beginning, it has always been the land and its potential that has guided
the Gainey family. With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys
have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. They realize the importance
of the vineyard in making great wine and have committed themselves to exploring
the diversity of the Santa Ynez Valley, a unique region with two distinctly different
micro-climates. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have
added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to
the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they
purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing
region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres
at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah,
with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.
Gainey Vineyard / 3950 E Highway 246 / Santa Ynez, CA 93460 / (805) 688-0558