Gainey Vineyard

805-688-0558 3950 East Highway 246 PO Box 910
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
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This year the Gainey family celebrates their 47th year of farming and ranching in Santa Barbara County. Since the beginning, it has always been the land and its potential that has guided the family. In 1962, Dan C. and his son Dan J. Gainey purchased an 1800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. With over 1000 acres of rangeland devoted to cattle, 600 acres of farmland, 100 acres of Arabian horses facilities and 100 acres of vineyards, the Gainey Ranch was and still is the largest diversified farming operation in the valley. In the early 1980’s, Dan J. and his son Dan H. became convinced that the unique geographical and climatical conditions of the area gave it the potential to produce world class wines. They planted 50 acres in 1983 and opened their Spanish style winery in 1984. The winery quickly became one of the most popular wineries to visit in the area and was named as “one of the best wineries to visit on California’s Central Coast” by Wine Spectator magazine. Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Gainey Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills 1991

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    Wine review by beccadeluxe


  • Gainey Merlot Santa Ynez Valley 2002

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    Wine review by beccadeluxe


  • Gainey Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2005

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    Wine review by beccadeluxe


  • To see a slideshow of our 12 favorite Pinots tasted, go to Pinot Noir - November 2010.Pinot Noir is an easy go-to wine for Thanksgiving, but with so many styles on the market can every one really be an ideal match? That, of course, is a very personal decision, and while I’ve tasted three dozen or so Pinot for this review -- and yes, they are alm... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noir Review


  • Chardonnay Tasted - October 2010 2007 Freeman Ryo-fu Russian River Valley ... ... background note. 93 pts2008 Gainey Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 13.9% $20 Intense and complex on the nose with layered notes at caramel popcorn, sandalwood, tropical fruit, honey and backed peach all topped with a light shaving of mace. Nice and bright on ... Read More

    From the article New World Chardonnay - October 2010


  • Gainey Riesling Santa Ynez Valley 2008

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    Wine review by chris013


  • Gainey Riesling Santa Ynez Valley 2008

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    Wine review by befkoch


  • Gainey Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Limited Selection 2008

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    Bite when swallowing. Builds over time to something that is barely drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor


  • With yesterday’s official beginning of summer, it's about time I take a ... a ... freshness. 92pts 2008 Gainey Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 13.9% This has an attractive almost spearminty edge to the ripe apple and peach fruit tones. With air it shows a bit more sweetness and a light toasty edge.  On entry this is firm and focused with ... Read More

    From the article Summer Chardonnay Round-up


  • Gainey Chardonnay Santa Barbara County Limited Selection 2008

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    This has an attractive almost spearminty edge to the ripe apple and peach fruit tones. With air it shows a bit more sweetness and a light toasty edge. On entry this is firm and focused with deep flavors of pineapple, ripe peach, and lightly pastry tones. This is quite well balanced with gentle richness but not a ton of weight and it certainly i... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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