History

In 1955, Dan C. Gainey and his son, Dan J. Gainey, arrived in Santa Barbara from Minnesota to establish a west coast production facility for their educational products company.   In their spare time, they explored the outlying areas and became enchanted with the beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley north of Santa Barbara.  In 1962, the Gaineys purchased 1,800 acres of land in the eastern end of the valley, which became their Home Ranch, eventually encompassing 1,000 acres of rangeland for cattle, 600 acres of farmland, 100 acres of Arabian horse facilities, and 100 acres of vineyard.  It remains Santa Ynez Valley’s largest diversified farming operation.

During the 1990s, after a long search for the perfect cool-climate site on which to grow the classic French varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, the Gainey family purchased a 125-acre parcel of land in what would become the Santa Rita Hills appellation in western Santa Ynez Valley, just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean.  The new property – named Evan’s Ranch, after Dan H. Gainey’s great-grandfather Evan – was deemed ideal for high-density plantings of the aforementioned varieties, propagated from a diverse array of the very best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah clones.

In 2006, the Gainey family introduced the Evan’s Ranch brand, consisting of six ultra-premium luxury wines produced exclusively from Evan’s Ranch grapes.  They are as follows:

Las Brisas (“The Breezes” in Spanish) Chardonnay – Elegant and fruit-focused, this is a California version of the great Chablis wines of France’s northern Burgundy region.

La Marina (“The Seacoast”) Chardonnay – 100% barrel-fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation, this is a full-bodied, lush and creamy wine akin to a fine Meursault.

Morgan's Pinot Noir – Fragrant, elegant and complex, this is a Burgundian-style wine blending several high-quality French Dijon clones of Pinot Noir.

Lone Oak Pinot Noir – Compared to Las Brisas Pinot Noir, Lone Oak (named for a solitary oak tree that stands guard over the vines) is riper, more robust and more Californian in style.

Las Brisas Syrah – This meaty red boasts sturdy tannins and showcases the spicy, earthy character one finds in the famed syrahs of France’s Northern Rhône Valley.

Lone Oak Syrah – Blended with a small amount of Viognier for enhanced aromatics, this wine is fruitier and more voluptuous than Las Brisas Syrah with ripe, lush flavors and bright acidity.