There are a variety of ways to ferment and store wine nowadays: oak barrels, stainless steel tanks, glass containers, and plastic. Historically, before the 1600’s, wines were stored and sold in wooden barrels because glass bottles weren’t around yet
As a family-owned winery, we at Gainey Vineyard value our employees like they are part of our extended family. Our amazing staff have allowed this winery to flourish through the years. We thought it would be nice for you to get to know some of our staff, learn about they spend a day off, why they enjoy living in the Santa Ynez Valley, and which Gainey wine is their favorite.
John Falcone is our General Manager & Director of Winemaking at Gainey He oversees all operations at the winery and provides crucial direction to the winemaking team.He began making wine in Santa Barbara County in 2001, following a 13-year winemaking stint in Napa Valley. Having garnered consistent critical acclaim for his wines over the years, John remains focused on “making wine in the vineyard.” We like to joke that he has a PhD in wine because his knowledge of wine runs a wide depth and breadth.
Maybe you are new to wine tasting or an old pro, but either way it’s good to brush up on the unwritten rules. To make sure you’re not committing any faux pas, read our list of Do’s & Don’ts to elevate your next wine tasting experience.
You’ve probably heard the term “Estate Wine” thrown around before but maybe you’ve never thought much about it. At Gainey, our wines are all 100% Estate Wines. In order to call you wines Estate Wines you must follow a few strict guidelines:
Managing our wine club is not an easy job, but Lisa Kekuewa sure makes it look effortless. Find out what she likes most about her job, why growing up in the Santa Ynez Valley was so great, and her preferred way to enjoy a glass of Gainey wine.
Fall has arrived here in wine country and that means two things: less crowds and great weather. And a perfect time of year for a picnic on our Vineyard View Lawn where you’re surrounded by vines on three sides. The leaves on the vineyards are starting to change color from green to orange/red/yellow which adds the dramatic backdrop.