An Overview of Wine Styles

Our 39-acre vineyard sits on an ancient riverbank high above the Alamo Pintado creek bed in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley American Viticultural Appellation (AVA), which is distinct due to its transverse orientation. Warm air flows over the nearby San Rafael range to the east to meet cool Pacific breezes from the west, providing an ideal climate for our Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. Warm days and bright sunshine provide a perfect environment during the growing season, and the large diurnal shift to cold temperatures at night helps maintain the grapes’ natural acidity.

Long before “green” practices became popular, Buttonwood Farm has been sustainably managed. We farm using natural products to replenish the soil and provide nutrients and protection to the vines.

The harvested grapes are picked at dawn and brought the short trip to our on-site winery. There, with music blaring and energy high, the cellar crew presses, crushes, de-stems, cold soaks, punches down, racks off, pumps over and barrels down the new vintage. The white wines tend to be fermented cold in stainless steel, as is the rosé. The reds finish fermentation in oak, about 25% of which is new each year, and from a spice-cabinet variety of cooperages. Once determined that the wines are ready, they are bottled on our in-house bottling line and then stored in a perfect 55º cellar until release. Regardless of whether it is a tiny release (Grenache Blanc) or one of our distributed wines (Cabernet Franc), you are sure to find something delicious to grace your table. Cheers from all of us at Buttonwood!