C. Frederic “Fred” Brander, owner and winemaker, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved with his family and settled in Santa Barbara, California. Fred started his career in the wine business by working for a local wine merchant, and later went to work in the wholesale business. While attending college, he started his own wine import company, focusing on wines from France and Argentina.

Sauvignon Blanc by Bob DickeyWishing to make his own wines, and with a fondness for Santa Barbara, Fred and his family.

  • Established 1975.
  • Initial planting 1977
  • Santa Barbara County’s first gold medal 1978
  1. Highly acclaimed
  2. Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Estate-bottled

Today, the focus is still Sauvignon Blanc, with one main bottling and several distinctively different reserve wines. Two of these are named for the next Brander generation: Cuvée Natalie and Cuvée Nicolas; another Sauvignon Blanc is the multiple award-winning au Naturel.