Located just outside Santa Cruz, 70 miles north of San Francisco, a block from Natural Bridges State Park, ten minutes from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
- We are one of the few family run sparkling wines producing wines in California.
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Boy Scouts and applejack aside, Barry enrolled in Fresno State University to obtain a degree in geology, worked full-time in a wine shop and near the end, discovered and enrolled in enology classes. With encouragement from his wife and professors, he got his degree but changed his career path with no turning back.
Many years followed dragging hoses as a cellar rat in Central Valley facilities and running endless lab tests before he ventured into self-employment as a consultant and boutique wine producer. His consulting work led to the development of the San Ysidro, Santa Lucia Highland and Hames Valley AVA’s while also providing insight and advice to over 60 wineries.
During this time, Barry started to produce sparkling wine under the Equinox label but, not without difficulty. The first vintage was 1989, yes, that 1989. The Loma Prieta Earthquake struck hard, more that half of the base wine was in barrels which bounced from floor to ceiling, shattering into a pile of staves. Despite the setback, enough wine did survive and Equinox was finally born.
After many years of making Equinox another setback threatened to shut down production. The winery which Barry had been working out of was sold with all the custom sparkling wine equipment to be sold at public auction. Barry did acquire as much as possible but the next big problem that arose from this was, now we have it but where do we put it? In 2005 the perfect location was found on the west side of Santa Cruz and with this came the ability to produce custom sparkling wine for other wineries who could not make their own and also expand into the production of still wines under the new Bartolo label.
Barry and Jennifer Jackson were born in Fresno County, surrounded by agriculture but fell in love with the rich historic Santa Cruz Mountain winegrowing region and the eclectic independent winemakers they met there.
Throughout the 70’s Barry married and worked his way through college at Fresno State University. Out of curiosity he enrolled in a number of oenology classes and to his pleasure and surprise, it focused and lit his imagination on fire.
Following graduation, he worked for large valley wineries including the Paul Masson facility in Madera. He eventually transferred to their corporate headquarters in Saratoga but after the dismantling of Paul Masson by corporate raiders, Barry and Jennifer decided it was time to make a commitment to join the winemaking community in their ongoing stewardship of its future.