Bridlewood Winery is a must-see when visiting the Santa Ynez Valley. A destination all its own, Bridlewood blends a modern, artisan winery with rustic, Spanish-styled architecture reminiscent of California’s historic missions. Behind the mission-style façade lies an intimate winery – an artist’s workshop – where David Hopkins, winemaker, and a team of enologists and winemakers craft Bridlewood‘s artisan wines. They spend much of their time in the barrel room, tasting different vineyard lots and blending them together to create exquisitely balanced wines that embody the unique terroir of the Central Coast.
While Bridlewood Winery is now working to solidify the Central Coast as one of California‘s preeminent winemaking regions, their estate was once home to an Arabian horse farm and an equestrian rehabilitation center. Their picturesque 105-acre estate rests on a high bench of ancient seabed, facing Pacific breezes that meander through the Santa Ynez Mountains to the South and the Purisma Hills and San Raphael Mountains to the north. The mountains run east-west, allowing the fog to roll in from the Pacific Ocean, which slows the ripening process and paves the way for a long growing season. With more time to mature and develop, the grapes develop a crisp balance between acid and sugar.
Beginning with their first vintage, Bridlewood has earned critical acclaim for intense, complex wines. Today winemaker David Hopkins makes award-winning wines from dozens of vineyards throughout the Central Coast.