Los Olivos District
The Carhartt Vineyard and Winery is located on the historic Rancho Santa Ynez, where Mike Carhartt’s family has raised cattle, horses and feed since the early 1900’s. Wanting to continue the tradition of working the land, the Carhartts planted a vineyard in 1995. The ten acre plot sits high on a mesa overlooking the barns and ranch house, and is well suited for warmer climate grapes such as Syrah and Merlot Although they originally intended to only sell the grapes to local wineries, Brooke and Mike decided to vinify small amounts of their grapes for their own label and produced two barrels of wine in 1998. Production has grown since then, although quantities are still extremely limited. Each bottle of the Carhartt Syrah and Merlot is adorned with a version of the family’s heart-shaped cattle brand . And so, Rancho Santa Ynez and the Carhartt traditions continue and evolve – still a family business and still devoted to the land.
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