Casa Barranca is a National Historic Landmark. Nestled in the hills of Ojai, a picturesque valley that sits just South and slightly east of Santa Barbara, Casa Barranca is also the very first certified organic winery in the Santa Barbara region.
The yogis of Southern California know the estate well; it is often rented out a week at a time for retreats. The day someone organizes an Oenophile Retreat, we’re there…Sign me up!
The stunning estate was designed in 1909 by Greene & Greene. It’s not “Craftsman” but rather its close cousin, Arts and Crafts architecture, led by John Ruskin and William Morris in Victoria’s England. The simplicity of design is reflective of the simplicity of lifestyle.
They use gravity to rack their wines, such purists are they to old world winemaking. They use no herbicides or pesticides on their vineyards because they believe organic farming is the true expression of terroir.
Casa Barranca’s centuries old underground stone winery offers an ideal sanctuary in which the wines can mature. It was converted from a century-old subterranean stone water cistern. They had to excavate 15 feet down one side, and cut through two feet of stone wall to gain access to it.
Casa Barranca produces two kinds of organic wines. The first is “made with organic grapes” and produces a wine low in sulfites. The other is the “no sulfites added” organic wine. On their ICO certified organic vineyard they grow viognier, organic Syrah, organic Grenache, and organic Semillon.
“The ethos of Open Mind, Open Heart, and Skilled Hand lives on at Casa Barranca.”
Casa Barranca Wines
1350 Foothill Rd
Ojai, CA 93023