Brick Barn Wine Estate belongs to the legacy of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata dating back to California’s rancho era. Rancho San Carlos de Jonata was a 26,634-acre Mexican land grant that stretched from west of Mission Santa Inés in the Santa Ynez Valley, and extended north from the Santa Ynez River along Zaca Creek- now called Solvang and Buellton.
Brick Barn Wine Estate founder Norman Williams acquired 40 acres in 1969, and shortly thereafter purchased an adjacent 1,100 acres of the original Buell Ranch. As an Army veteran originally from Nebraska and now a bootstrapping entrepreneur based in Southern California, Norman was ready for a new challenge. Inspired by his first wife’s love of equestrianism, he embarked on creating a world-class Arabian horse farm, replete with a 36-stall brick barn. Beyond its distinctive split-face brick and redwood beams, the barn was artfully marked by a mid-century modern roofline at its entrance.
Fast forward through the decades. With the once-thriving horse industry in the Santa Ynez Valley having dwindled, Norman and his wife Kathy cultivated a new passion for growing grapes—and now for making wine. The brick barn has been reimagined as a winery and gathering place. Other portions of the ranch continue to be dedicated to organic vegetable farming and cattle ranching.
The guiding philosophy of our wines is the same as the one behind the brick barn itself: “We just like quality,” Norman says.
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