Dragonette Cellars


Dragonette is one of the most fascinating wineries in the Central Coast. We are committed to getting our hands dirty; personally executing each step in the winegrowing and winemaking process. Our mission is to produce wines of the utmost quality and purity from the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast.

Location Description

Our Tasting Room is located in the picturesque small town of Los Olivos.


Fax: 805.558.3215


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Average Bottle Price

$ 45


Brothers John and Steve Dragonette and close friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis founded Dragonette Cellars in 2005 after having worked together at a renowned wine shop in Los Angeles. Their shared passion for great wine brought them to wild, windy and remote northern Santa Barbara County where they spent the next several years seeking out extraordinary, cool-climate vineyards and dedicating themselves to careful, patient, minimalist winemaking.

As vignerons, they have committed themselves, above all else, to the mindful farming of precise blocks in exceptional vineyards for low yields and high quality and to the shepherding of these grapes into wines of purity, complexity and balance. Given the remarkable climatic and soil diversity in Santa Barbara County, Dragonette Cellars produces small lots of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah of interest and distinction.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Grassini Family
Happy Canyon AVA:

Grassini is an exceptional vineyard located upon small hills and river benches of well-drained, super fine clay loam soils laced with serpentinite. Sauvignon Blanc is planted in high density (6×3) north-south rows and is meticulously managed and farmed for high quality. Wines from Grassini typically display explosive, tropical-weight, green spectrum fruits (Kiwi, Honeydew) balanced by fresh, clean and energetic acidity, with solid minerality, fascinating spice notes and only the slightest hints of fresh herbs.

Vogelzang Vineyard
Happy Canyon AVA:

Vogelzang is situated on a gently sloping bed of well-drained, gravelly loam soil with patches of serpentinite. The fairly rich, nutritious soil produces healthy plants which are then carefully pruned, leafed and deficit-irrigated to focus the plant’s energy on fruit development. We purchase fruit from three distinct blocks at Vogelzang, Block P, Clone 1 is steeper, on thinner soils and runs north south. Block D, also Clone 1, runs east west on a slight slope with deeper soils, Block E, Musque Clone continues further west from Block D on similar soils. Wines from Vogelzang typically display intense tropical aromas and flavors (pineapple, mango, guava) balanced by brilliant, mineral laced acidity, which we find appropriate for aging in French oak barrels.
Pinot Noir

Fiddlestix Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills AVA:

Located in the far western portion of Santa Rita Hills, Fiddlestix was planted in 1998 on well drained Gazos and Botella clay loam, loaded with chirt and Monterey shale. Morning and evening fogs and cool ocean breezes provide a long growing season, which allows full phenolic maturity at reasonable sugar levels. We obtain fruit from four separate blocks (clones 113, 115, 667, 777) in strategically selected locations.

La Encantada Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills AVA:

Planted by legendary Santa Rita Hills pioneer Richard Sanford, La Encantada sits at the far western edge of the appellation. Our blocks (12, clone 667 and 13, clone 777) are located in thin, nitrogen-deficient calcareous and siliceous soils of sandy loam on gentle north facing slopes a few hundred feet above the Santa Ynez River. Fog and ocean breezes traveling daily up the river valley provide a long, slow ripening season, and La Encantada is always one of our last Pinot Noir picks. These grapes give signature, concentrated, black cherry, baking spices a solid tannic structure.

Cargasacchi Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills AVA:

Cargasacchi is located on a south-facing slope and is composed of well drained, lean soils on an ancient alluvial fan of calcareous botella clay with decomposing calcareous shale fragments. Planted to Clone 115 and subjected to a long season of cold winds and fog, it among the latest Pinot Noir we pick. The wines are amazingly deep, dark fruited, concentrated and meaty and they are often selected for our reserve level “Black Label” wine.

Radian Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills AVA:

Radian is perched on dramatically steep slopes of clay loam with large amounts of diatomaceous earth, providing excellent drainage and giving the wines a distinct minerality. This extreme site is regularly buffeted by high winds, cooling the vineyard and robbing it of moisture. The vines here struggle to set fruit, and only a tiny crop of small clusters are able to ripen. The resulting wines are lean and intense, with a fascinating mineral streak and a remarkable depth of flavor even at low alcohol levels.

Bentrock Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills AVA:

Radian’s sister vineyard, Bentrock is perched on an undulating north-facing bench in the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Our block of 777 clone Pinot Noir is planted on steep slopes of Tierra Sandy Loam and Santa Lucia Shaly Clay Loam soils, also with diatomaceous earth. Fierce winds and consistent fog keep this site cool and provide for a long growing season.

John Sebastiano Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills AVA:

A steep, dramatic, hillside site on the eastern edge of Santa Rita Hills. Pommard (Clone 5) grows on east to north eastern slopes of sandy clay loam at the rear of the property. Clone 828 grows on a narrow, south facing ridge of thin soils at the top of the property. High winds limit growth here and yield small berries, giving wines of intense fruit character, with cola and spices. We have run several experimental pruning protocols here to arrive at the best combination of yield, vine balance and canopy exposure.
Syrah & Grenache

Harrison Clarke Vineyard
Ballard Canyon AVA:

Located upslope of Stolpman, in Ballard Canyon, rail-thin soils of sandy loam barely overlay significant limestone deposits. Our Syrah block (Estrella River) runs east-west down a steep well-drained slope. Harrison Clarke’s lack of soil nutrition results in smaller plants and tiny bunches of dark, thick skinned Syrah. The resulting wines show signature Ballard Canyon fresh and dried meat notes with concentrated blackberry flavors, spice and tar-laced tannins.

Stolpman Vineyard
Ballard Canyon AVA:

Located in the newest AVA, Ballard Canyon, Stolpman is planted upon rolling hills of clay loam, underpinned with limestone. We obtain Clone 174 from the western edge of the vineyard, and Clone 470 from newer, high-density plantings on steep hills at the north edge of the property. Stolpman’s vineyard management team is second to none, and the syrah is organic and dry-farmed, producing low yields of spectacularly dark, meaty, and intense fruit balanced by a distinct mineral edge.

Thompson Vineyard
Los Alamos Valley, Santa Barbara County AVA:

A prominent vineyard, long prized for its steep rolling hills, thin sandy shale soils and perfect southern exposure. Cooling ocean influences come from proximity to Santa Maria and the Santa Ynez Valley, which moderate the daytime high temperatures and allow grapes to ripen slowly. We obtain Estrella River Syrah from steep hillsides at the top of Block 1. Grenache is planted lower in Block 1 on steep undulating hills. Always low yielding, Thompson grapes are tiny, yielding wines of intense blue and black fruit flavors, with plenty of solid tannins.

John Sebastiano Vineyard
Santa Ynez Valley AVA:

A steep, dramatic, hillside site on the border of the Santa Rita Hills appellation. Our 3.3 acre block of Grenache grows on a steep, south facing hillside. The soil is almost pure sand on the eastern edge of the block and is slightly heavier sandy clay loam toward the west and at the bottom of the block. Grenache ripens slowly here, producing small berries of intensity and a cool, energetic, mineral-laden wine of high toned red fruits, with great aromatics.

Our Syrah comes from two blocks. Own-rooted Clone 383 grows at the highest point in the vineyard, on a steep, south-facing slopes which are blasted with gusty winds. Clone 470 is in slightly deeper clay loam soils on north facing slopes at the back of the vineyard. These sites are among the coldest Syrah plantings in Santa Barbara, and the wines are incredibly aromatic, with classic black and red fruits, spices and balanced acidity and tannins.

Santa Barbara County and its AVAs:

The 50 miles stretching from Point Conception to Rincon constitutes the longest east-west traverse of shoreline from Alaska to Cape Horn. Here, the Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains form a unique coastal range, and the inland ebb and flow of fog and ocean breezes make the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. Because of this geologic oddity, the ocean breezes sweep eastward, channeled by the hills and mountains that ring the region. Heading east into the foothills, the temperatures are warm during the day and very cool during the night, whereas the vineyards that lie westward toward the ocean enjoy a mild and moderate climate. Coupled with soils that run the gamut from ancient beach and diatomaceous earth to chirt and limestone, there is a near-perfect place for a wide variety of wine grapes. These microclimates have been identified and are now delineated by several smaller AVAs (American Viticultural Area).

Santa Ynez Valley:

The Santa Ynez Valley (a larger and more general appellation) is located just north of Santa Barbara in a very unique east-west trending valley. As a result of this geography, the mountains and valleys funnel the cool winds and fog from the Pacific Ocean inland, which, along with marine-derived soils, creates an amazing array of microclimates which can grow a diversity of exceptional grapes. Our John Sebastiano Syrah and Grenache come from Santa Ynez Valley.

Santa Rita Hills:

Located on the cool western margin on the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills (aka Sta. Rita Hills) is a true coastal AVA. Consistent wind and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean make this AVA a chilly Davis Region I climate (the same as Champagne and parts of Burgundy). The marine soils and this special climate are ideal for growing Pinot Noir and ultra-cool-climate Syrah and Grenache. Our Sta. Rita Hills vineyard sources include Fiddlestix, Cargasacchi, La Encantada, John Sebastiano, Radian and Bentrock.

Happy Canyon:

Happy Canyon is located at the warmer, eastern end of the valley. The temperate climate and high-magnesium serpentine-derived soils provide an ideal location for growing Bordeaux varietals, particularly, in our opinion Sauvignon Blanc. We source our Sauvignon Blanc from key vineyards including Grassini and Vogelzang.

Ballard Canyon AVA:

Located in the center of Santa Ynez Valley, the area’s newest AVA is generally a cool-climate area (UC Davis Region II); however, it enjoys significant diurnal temperature swings. Thus the area enjoys hot, sunny days moderated by cool to cold nights, brought in by post-sunset ocean breezes. The area has a fascinating mix of soils, and our vineyard sources (Stolpman, Harrison Clarke) feature thin, well drained and frankly poor soils of sandy loam, overlying pockets of limestone, which limit vegetative growth and provide minerality in the wines. Ballard Canyon is planted heavily towards the Rhône varieties, and we feel most notably, Syrah.

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2445 Alamo Pintado Ave
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