Drake's elegant, whole cluster approach is truly a gift to us in Santa Barbara. All of his wines are made in the same method giving us an unfiltered look at the individual terrors of our best local vineyards. Hell. Yes. Native, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 at Bottling. This is a blend of all the legendary vineyards Drake works with in the region, and it's just about as perfect as it gets. And priced damn fine too.
Chris and Kathleen (Barnato) Whitcraft started Whitcraft Winery in 1985. Chris hosted a local wine radio program in Santa Barbara County for more than ten years and learned his craft from some of the best winemakers in California - Joe Heitz (Heitz Cellars), Dick Graff (Founded Chalone Winery and its AVA), and Burt Williams (Williams Selyem & Morning Dew Ranch) to name a few. What began as a hobby grew into both a passion and a lifestyle, the commitment to which is present to this day in every bottle of our wine. This passion for wine was passed on to their children, Drake and Alyssa. While Chris passed in 2014, Drake continues to carry on the tradition of excellent winemaking within the Whitcraft family.