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Kenneth Volk Vineyard

Proprietor Ken Volk has been making Santa Barbara and Central Coast wines for over thirty-five years. Perhaps best known as the founder of Wild Horse Winery, Ken has earned a reputation for crafting world-class wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from top Santa Maria AVA locations.  Ken’s unparalleled knowledge and skill have always garnered him recognition for producing outstanding wines of exceptional character from his unique vineyard and varietal sources. In many ways, Ken’s landing in this wonderful AVA is sort of a full circle journey. He made home wines from the nearby Rancho Sisquoc Vineyard in the 1970’s, and his first professional wine under the Wild Horse label was a 1983 Pinot Noir from the nearby Sierra Madre Vineyard. Rodolfo Callado, of Mesa Vineyard Management, who oversees the management of Kenneth Volk’s small estate vineyard, was Ken’s first employee at Wild Horse.

A combination of outstanding vineyards and innovative winemaking techniques help Kenneth Volk Vineyards craft uniquely-styled luxury wines. His primary focus is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara’s Santa Maria Valley, a region long renowned for Burgundian varietals. Santa Maria Valley’s unique soil, paired with the cooling influence of the sea, provides the ideal growing conditions for these wines. The Santa Barbara wines come from some of the region’s most acclaimed vineyards, among them, Sierra Madre, Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills, Garey Ranch, and the historic Nielsen Vineyard.

Ken has a longstanding interest in and affinity for Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. He is renowned for his alternative or “heirloom” grape cultivars such as Malvasia Bianca from Monterey’s San Bernabe Vineyard, Verdelho from El Pomar Vineyard, and Mourvèdre, Zinfandel, Negretti, Grenache, Tempranillo and Cabernet Pfeffer from select San Benito County vineyards. He describes himself as an “innovating traditionalist” who likes to create multifaceted wines

Wines Produced

  • Albariño
  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Mourvèdre
  • Pinot Noir
  • Tempranillo
  • Verdelho
  • Zinfandel