Brick Barn Wine Estate belongs to the legacy of Buell Ranch and, before that, the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata dating back to California’s rancho era. As early as 1875, Buell Ranch was a thriving town with a post office, blacksmith shop and general store—a precursor to the city of Buellton.
Brick Barn Wine Estate founder Norman Williams acquired 40 acres from the Buell family 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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