Our winemaking philosophy is to stay as true to the estate vineyard as possible. In light of our unique location and non-invasive farming practices, we believe that our fruit provides all of the natural ingredients needed to produce wines of personality and distinction.
We are guided by the will of the vineyard. Interventions are minimal, inputs are purposeful, and clarity of terroir is the rule.
This approach requires continual discernment in the vineyard and the cellar. Our winemaking practices differ from variety to variety, and lot to lot. Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi employs a variety of vessel types for the fermentation and maturation of different wines, including neutral oak barrels, new oak barrels, oak puncheons, stainless steel and concrete. Maceration and fermentation practices are also tailored to each individual wine.
We never stop seeking new ways to accentuate what the fruit in each block is telling us. Through continual exploration, we will always aim to produce wines that capture the intention of the land and its potential for greatness.
Adrian Bolshoi brings a lifetime of experience and an international perspective to his winemaking pursuits at Brick Barn Wine Estate.
Adrian grew up in the small Eastern European country of Moldova, which is located between the famed 45th and 47th parallels, home to the world’s top wine-producing regions. Adrian got his start as a small child, assisting his grandfather with winemaking using grapes grown from the family's own small vineyard.
These cherished experiences inspired Adrian to study enology at the Polytechnical University of Moldova. After graduation, he completed two harvests in Moldova. He then set his sights on the New World, seeking to immerse himself in the latest winemaking methods and technologies. In 2011, he landed an internship at a winery in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley and never looked back.
Adrian joined Brick Barn Wine Estate as the winemaker just before the 2019 harvest. Here, he is known for making wines with exceptional balance, depth of flavor and sense of place.
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