Under the watchful eye of Winemaker Rob DaFoe, we are guided by the will of the vineyard. Interventions are minimal, inputs are purposeful, and clarity of terroir is the rule. Through continual exploration, we aim to produce wines that capture the intention of the land and its potential for greatness.
Rob DaFoe is a testament to the idea that winemaking is a tradecraft best mastered in the field, not the classroom.
Rob is a Santa Barbara native who was called to a life of adventure, first embarking on a career in professional snowboarding. The sport led him abroad to Europe, and it was there that he first became intrigued with the culture of wine, feeling a sixth sense that it would someday play a role in his life. When his snowboarding career was cut short by injuries, he pivoted into filmmaking. His winemaking documentary From Ground to Glass premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and sparked his inevitable journey into the world of wine.
Driven to eventually make his own wine, Rob paid his dues at local wineries before co-founding his own label, Tanner DaFoe. At Tanner DaFoe, Rob’s wines were hailed by the Wine Spectator’s James Laube for “making impressive gains with Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the eastern reaches of Santa Barbara County.” Along the way, Laube named Tanner DaFoe as one of four “rising stars in California Cabernet.”
Now, at Brick Barn Wine Estate, Rob brings his brand of intuitive, low-manipulation winemaking to the western frontierland of the Santa Ynez Valley.
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