In 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.
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.
With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. 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.
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The nose offers ripe, slightly earthy, dark cherry fruit mingled with appealing milk chocolate, vanilla and light herbal notes. Juicy and succulent on the palate, the wine"s rich black cherry, dark plum and cassis flavors marry with a pleasing roasted tone, leading to a long, fruitful, chocolaty... more
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Sticking your nose into a glass of this 2010 Riesling is like smelling a freshly baked apple pie that's been sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg, with bits of pear and citrus thrown in. Relatively low in alcohol, the wine's bright, off-dry flavors are appley and zesty, with refreshing lime, spice... more
The 2010 Chardonnay opens with enticing sweet pear, white peach, golden apple and bright citrus aromas, supported by vanilla and mineral scents. On the mouth-filling palate, creamy apple, peach, melon and lime flavors lead to a long, rich finish buoyed by refreshing mineral tones.
The 2010 vintage marks a bit of a departure for our estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc. In past vintages, Gainey added a significant portion of Semillon to the blend, which helped round out the wine, but tempered its pure expression of Sauvignon varietal character.
The 2010 is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and... more
California wines typically are all about the fruit, while their European
counterparts tend to be more elegant, are finely structured and smack of the earth. Gainey Vineyard's 2009 Santa Ynez Valley Home Ranch Riesling is the best of both of worlds: blessed in the fruit department, yet it is... more
Our new vintage of Chardonnay reflects the high quality of our 2009 fruit. Its fresh, lovely aromas are keyed on ripe yellow apple, lemon curd and honeyed white peach scents accompanied by hints of light buttercream, mineral, autolyzed yeast and spicy/toasty oak. On the medium-full palate, the wine... more
The aromas of this lovely wine fully capture the high-toned floral qualities, including jasmine, honeysuckle and rose petal, as well as seductive honeyed peach, apricot and spice scents that endear Riesling to so many wine lovers. On the sleek, beautifully composed palate, concentrated fresh apple,... more
Boasting a rich ruby color and fresh, sweet-smelling black cherry, red plum and blackberry aromas - complemented by whiffs of mint, tobacco and rose hips - this generous red delivers rich, fruit-centered flavors of dark cherry, plum compote and spicy blackberry. In the long, savory finish, lovely... more
Our 2008 Gainey Chardonnay is a prime example. Its wonderfully complex, seductive nose features perfumed, almost incense-like, aromas of yellow apple, lemon zest, orange blossom, pineapple and honeyed peach, coated with a light layer of buttery creme anglaise. On the svelte, beautifully composed... more
Our Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc has long drawn the praise of leading wine wroters, including Paul Lukacs, who several years ago featured it in his much-lauded book, The Great Wines of America - The Top Forty Vintners, Vineyards, and Vintages. The 2007 vintage should further burnish the... more
Introduced by its shimmering ruby color, our 2007 Merlot opens with enticingly fresh, vivid aromas of black cherry and red plum fruit, perfectly complemented by fragrant rose hips tea, sweet oak and light herbal tones. In the mouth, the flavors are startlingly rich, creamy and luscious, with... more