A Committed Triumvirate
In 2005, brothers John and Steve Dragonnette, along with their close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis, wine geeks extraordinaire, founded Dragonette Cellars. Santa Barbara County was their destination, with a vision and commitment to produce the finest wines, reflective of the diverse terroir, giving special attention to farming practices and care of the land. Their success is evident by the wines produced, the ratings and awards they have received and validated by their loyal followers, which is ultimately the true test of success.
A Simple Philosophy
The beauty of their wines is mirrored in the simplicity of their philosophy, “we are wine growers, not winemakers” say Steve Dragonette, who coaxes the grapes to produce all they can to echo the characteristics of the individual varietal, clone and plot of land they come from.
In their quest and commitment to produce only the best, Dragonette Cellars sources from the premier vineyards in the area. Fruit is purchased from vineyards such as Vogelzang and Grassini Family Vineyards (within the Happy Canyon AVA for their Sauvignon Blanc), Fiddlestix, John Sebastiano, Radian and Stolpman, among others. The dedication to quality, achieved through a devotion to the planted vine is paramount. First, the Dragonettes look for vineyards that are sustainably, bio dynamically and organically farmed. Once a plot is chosen, John and Brandon are hands on in the vineyards daily, making all vineyard decisions. They farm each row in every vineyard where the grape will eventually bear the Dragonette name.
A visit to the tasting room, where Dragonette’s highly trained staff tours you through the current releases is a treat, both to the palate and to understanding the devotion that goes into making these small production ultra-premium wines. After a sip of Radian Pinot Noir, the MJM Syrah or any of these wines, you will instinctively understand their unique appeal. No shortcut is taken, no barrel is ever rushed to bottling. Buy the wines now to enjoy with your favorite food, or lay them down to age. Either way, you will have a singular experience with each sip and each bottle produced by Steve, John and Brandon, for your enjoyment.
As noted by Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, “These are beautiful, distinctive and incredibly high quality wines across the board, and at the top end are some of the most impressive wines I was able to taste from Santa Barbara County.” (Issue #226: Aug 31, 2016)
Visit Dragonette Cellars tasting room 11am-5pm daily at 2445 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos. For wine club and special event information at www.DragonetteCellars.com or call (805) 693-0077.