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Our Story

Every patch of earth has a story rooted deep in its soil – an evolving, unfolding story.

Since the mid 1990s, our sustainably farmed vineyard has been preparing itself for a new chapter. We are now composing that chapter under the name Brave & Maiden Estate.

We take our name from the “Legend of Nojoqui” (pronounced Naw-ho-wee), an indigenous incarnation of Romeo & Juliet. Set at the nearby Nojoqui Falls, the legend recounts the story of star-crossed lovers who choose sacrifice over separation. Inspired by such profound dedication, we’ve committed ourselves to crafting the most exquisite wines our estate can yield.

Our story began to take shape in 2011, our first vintage under the Brave & Maiden name. Since then, we have produced extraordinary wines under the direction of Consulting Winemaker Paul Hobbs and mastery of Winemaker Josh Klapper. While we grow several Bordeaux and Rhone varietals, we have taken on a particular goal of producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Ynez. Our critically acclaimed Limited Cabernet Sauvignon—and our other small lot, black label wines—are available primarily to Members of Brave & Maiden. Become a Member here.

In 2018, our story will build as we open the doors to a new winery and tasting room on the estate. Refined yet familiar, and set under an expansive sky, the design of our estate will be a rustic but contemporary homage to the agricultural and equestrian heritage of our valley.

Our vision for Brave & Maiden is quite simple: to produce extraordinary wines and share them with you in an unforgettable experience of hospitality. We hope you’ll visit us soon; we look forward to having you as our guest.

To follow our story, and be notified of our opening and the release of our latest vintage, introduce yourself and join our List here.