Since buying a historic 600-acre ranch in Gaviota, he and his wife, Kim, and four children are more focused on viticulture and winemaking, from ground to glass, as the owners of Folded Hills Winery. It’s clearly a family business.
Last month we were fortunate to enjoy a VIP wine tasting at Folded Hills, set just five miles from the ocean in the Santa Ynez Valley near Santa Barbara, California. In a typical wine tasting, you get a group tour of the winery, a bit of history, and a sampling of the wines. At Folded Hills, you get so much more, and it certainly lives up to the expectation.
Kim and Andy Busch launched their first set of wines more than a year ago in St. Louis – all named for members of Andy Busch’s family or Grant’s Farm. The Lilly Rosé is an estate rosé named after the numerous generations of Lillys in the Busch family.
Our tastings are geared toward discovery: We regularly turn up great wines from new producers, or from old-school wineries that have reinvented themselves. Here are ten that caught our attention this year—producers we’ll be looking out for in the years to come.