A new winery is coming to the Valley, and from the looks of the architectural rendering, it will blend in nicely with the surrounding hillside, oak trees and vineyards of the 60-acre estate along Refugio Road.

Earlier this summer, Santa Barbara County’s Brave & Maiden Estate broke ground on its much-anticipated winery and tasting room. The new state-of-the-art facility and tasting room will complete the winery’s long-standing plans for production and hospitality enhancements, bringing a new wine experience and presence to the Santa Ynez Valley.

Brave & Maiden Estate was established in 2011 and occupies land purchased in 2010. Brave & Maiden’s wine program, led by acclaimed winemaker Paul Hobbs, has found early success in restaurants and bottle shops throughout Southern and Central California, earning accolades for single-vineyard estate wines and red blends. With vineyards planted across 46 acres, estate wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc.

The new tasting room and winery is part of Brave & Maiden’s overall plan to enhance its presence in Santa Ynez, offering a new tasting experience along with a production facility that can accommodate up to 8,000 cases.

“We are thrilled to see the project get underway,” said Jason Djang, managing director for the winery. “The plans have been in the works for some time, so we’re excited to finally see earth moving and our vision coming to fruition.”

Brave & Maiden’s future winery and tasting room is being designed by Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects. The space is described as a refined yet welcoming atmosphere, paying tribute to the agricultural heritage of the valley with rustic and contemporary elements.

Utilizing natural earth tones and modern fixtures, the tasting room will incorporate both indoor and outdoor space for a relaxed wine country ambiance, opening onto an expansive courtyard filled with olive trees. The tasting area will be designed to prominently showcase views of the picturesque vineyard overlooking the Santa Ynez Mountains.

The winery and tasting room are scheduled to open — by appointment — the second half of 2018. It’s a milestone, which Djang said will expand the winery’s brand.

“At Brave & Maiden, our goal is to not only be great vintners, but gracious hosts as well,” he said. “Hospitality will be central to our DNA as we create a unique and unforgettable experience with our wines, and the estate.”

Brave & Maiden’s winemaking program is overseen by Hobbs, who joined the team in 2014 as consulting winemaker, working alongside winemaker Joshua Klapper.

“Brave & Maiden’s sustainably farmed vineyard is exceptional and I have no doubts the addition of a new winery and hospitality facility will further enhance and validate the brand’s presence in the area,” Hobbs said. “Santa Barbara County truly is a world-class wine region and I welcome the opportunity to be involved as the area embraces growth.”

With Hobbs’ pioneering spirit, a talented winemaking and hospitality team, and a new production facility and tasting room in the works, Djang said he’s enthusiastic about the future.

“We were humbled by the market’s reception of the brand in 2014, selling out of our first two vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon,” he said. “Now, with construction of our new winery underway, we’re eager to open our own doors for guests to experience our wines first-hand. Obviously, we believe in the greatness of Santa Barbara County as a wine region and have invested accordingly.”

For more information on Brave & Maiden Estate, visit www.braveandmaiden.com

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