Buttonwood Farm Winery
Wine Tours - Visiting Buttonwood Farm Winery
Solvang and Los Olivos are historic towns located in the Santa Ynez Valley. The valley is bordered by the Purisima Hills, the Santa Ynez Mountains and the San Rafael Mountains. The western section of the valley tends to be cooler and more suited to Chardonnay. Rhone varietals fare well in the warmer eastern section.
At 39 acres, the Buttonwood Farm Winery rests in Santa Ynez Valley American Viticultural Appellation. This location is excellent for growing Bordeaux and Rhone style grapes. The farm was started over 40 years ago as a dream of Betty Williams, who wished to establish a self-sustaining farm. After some time, she realized that vineyards were being planted in the area. She decided to plant her own vineyard with Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Marsanne, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
Buttonwood Farm Winery was ready for the 1989 crush. Today, the winery produces approximately 8,000 cases annually. Ms. Williams is still involved with Buttonwood Farm Winery in many ways, but her daughters and her son-in-law oversee daily production. Her daughter, artist Seyburn Zorthian, designs the labels using her ink style devised from studying Shoudo, a brushstroke technique of Chinese and Japanese origin.
The property is still very much a farm. Buttonwood continues to grow pomegranates, olives, almonds, peaches and other vegetables and flowers. Visitors can enjoy the gardens with sculptures situated throughout. Visitors can have a picnic at one of the tables or just enjoy the view. Tastings change occasionally. Usually, Syrah Rose, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese are available for tastings. The Trevin and Cabernet Franc generally are not available for tasting but are for sale. Buttonwood Farm Winery also has a number of special events, including wine festivals and open houses.