USA – Saintsbury
Probably the first hint that Saintsbury would be different than other wineries came in 1979. Founders Richard Ward and David Graves, who met while finishing their graduate classes in Enology at U.C. Davis, chose to take a big risk by making Santa Barbara barrel-fermented dry Riesling as one of their first wines together. The decision to make this largely unknown style of wine with limited commercial appeal was driven by personal passion for the highest quality instead of simply copying a proven formula for success. It is this spirit that has driven Saintsbury throughout its history.