Daniel Gehrs Wines
Daniel Gehrs started in the wine business in 1974, when he began working for Paul Masson Vineyards. His dream was to start his own winery. He and his wife Robin founded Daniel Gehrs Wines in 1990. Loire varietals were a focus at that time. Soon, however, the Gehrs family moved to Santa Barbara County.
Mr. Gehrs continues to work as a consultant for other wineries while bringing his own labels to market. He has partnered with the Franzias of Lodi and has resurrected the Congress Springs label. Producing 12,000-14,000 cases a year, Daniel Gehrs wines can be found in a number of markets, including the eastern U.S. Many of the wines have won awards over the years. The 2008 Port has won numerous gold medals. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon has received consistently high accolades. The 2009 Merlot, 2009 Pinot Noir, 2009 Syrah, 2010 Chenin Blanc, 2010 Gewurtztraminer, 2010 Riesling and the 2010 Chardonnay have all received medals in numerous competitions such as the Orange County Wine Competition and the San Diego International Wine Competition.
The tasting room, which was opened in 2000, is housed in a building, known as the Heather Cottage, in downtown Los Olivos. The cottage, which dates to 1904, hosts a gift shop that features French countryside and English cottage styles of items. Wine accessories also are available. Daniel Gehrs Wines participates in many community events. Wine tourists and locals alike often will find the Gehrs family in the tasting room or at an event.