In the early 1970s, Harvey’s son Leonard, a former United States Ambassador to Belgium, established a family ranch in Santa Barbara County’s rugged Santa Ynez Valley. At the time, Santa Barbara County barely registered on California’s winegrowing radar, but Leonard saw immense potential in the region’s coastal climate and amenable soils. He decided to plant a vineyard, with the initial intent of selling the grapes to North Coast wineries.
Soon thereafter, Leonard was joined by his son Brooks and Brooks’ wife Kate, and together they decided to take their winegrowing adventure to the next level by establishing Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. It is located just outside Los Olivos, CA on Foxen Canyon Road.
Firestone is located in a unique cusp region. We have a “Goldilocks” climate that is neither too hot nor too cold. Our moderate temperatures and extremely long growing season enable us to successfully grow a staggering range of grape varieties.
Our red wines have their origins in Bordeaux and the Rhone Valley. They include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Our white wines feature grapes from Burgundy, the Loire Valley and Germany and include: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer.
Style-wise, all of our wines are concentrated, ripe and beautifully balanced. In addition to varietal accuracy, they all carry the distinctive imprint of our terroir.