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As a part of my series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kim and Andy Busch, of Folded Hills Winery. The Busches are committed to making a cleaner wine, by growing organic grapes following the biodynamic calendar and using sustainable practices in the vineyard. Folded Hills wines are vegan, have no residual sugar, less than 1 gram of carbs, have no commercial additives and use only a pinch of sulfur. Winning numerous awards, these small-batch, artisanal wines have earned a following among the health-conscious and wine critics alike.
February 28, 2020
Once again the LA Wine Writers met up at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood to have a wine paired luncheon. This time organizer and fellow writer Cori Solomon invited us to taste through some new Rhone wines – Grenache predominant – from a winery in the Santa Ynez AVA: Folded Hills Winery Farmstead Ranch.
February 20, 2020
One of the surprises and a new find for me at the Slow Wine tasting in San Francisco was Andrew and Kim Busch’s estate grown Folded Hills Vineyards from the Santa Ynez Valley, just north of Santa Barbara, where they focus on Grenache. The selections I tasted were fresh and pure with a lighter touch and with wonderful flavors.
When I heard about Busches making wine, I thought, that's a good story. I'd read that. But I didn't know if I would like the wine. In fact, the wines are excellent. They're much more sophisticated than you would expect from essentially wine novices. Only after spending some time with the Busches did I understand why.
Santa Barbara Life & Style has you covered when it comes to holiday celebrations and of course, gift giving. We took a stroll through Santa's workshop with travel and lifestyle extraordinaire Landon Clements to find some exquisite holiday ideas that are sure to impress everyone in your family.
A local friend let us in on this cute tasting room in Montecito’s Lower Village, a short walk from the Miramar. We like to drop in for a glass after lunch. The family-run Folded Hills winery grows its vines—organically—in the Santa Ynez Valley. Staffers are just as charming as they are knowledgeable, and after tasting a flight or two, signing up for the Folded Hills wine club (expect two six-bottle shipments annually) seems like an entirely reasonable idea.
A family legacy deeply rooted in beer coupled with a passion for hospitality has led the Busch family on a new venture: wine. It all began when Andy was serving as the captain for the USA Polo team at the World Cup, and Kim and Andy Busch (of Anheuser-Busch) became enamored with the Santa Barbara lifestyle. So, in 2004 they uprooted from St. Louis, Missouri to raise their children on the California coast.
Jenni Kayne's lifestyle blog RIP & TAN recently paired up with Montecito-based chef/cookbook author Lori Stern for a scrumptious seasonal soireé at Folded Hills - Kim and Andy Busch's bucolic winery, farmstead and ranch in the coastal hills of Santa Ynez Valley. The result - a fresh, colorful, veggie-forward meal, plated with Stern's signature floral style.
Andy Busch remembers clearly when he got his first look at Folded Hills Ranch. It was 2004, and he and his wife, Kim, had been living in the Santa Barbara area for a couple of years. They were in the market for a ranch property, a place where they and their four children could have animals and open space. His real estate agent had shown him about 50 possibilities without success. "When I came through the gates," Andy says of his entrance into the property that would later become his, "I looked around and said 'This is it.'"
If you're like me, a crisp sip of rosé in the summertime is one of life's simple pleasures. Rosé has been around forever, of course, but it has certainly been having a moment with wine enthusiasts over the past few years and let me tell you… I'm not complaining! Always a favorite for summer nights, lounging by the pool, or as a hostess gift for a backyard BBQ. I thought I would take a moment to highlight some of my favorite rosés that are perfect for summer and beyond. Folded Hills Rosé is one of my favorites (I highly recommend their wine club). It’s definitely a smaller brand, but for those of you who haven’t had the privilege of trying it yet, all I have to say is what are you waiting for?
Sip on award winning Rosé and Grenache wines amidst upscale ranch decor in Folded Hills' new Coast Village Road Tasting Room. The leather, wood, and equestrian accents will transport you to the Gaviota ranch where the vineyards are.
On the northern side of Gaviota Peak in Santa Ynez Valley is Folded Hills, a stunning winery, farm and ranch owned by Andy and Kim Busch (of the Anheuser-Busch family), dedicated to growing organic produce and Rhône grapes. I sat down with Kim to hear why Folded Hills is not just an artisanal wine brand, it's a place where wine, food, family and a desire to preserve the land are truly a way of life.
Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley, right off Highway 101 is Folded Hills Winery and Tasting Room. This 600-acre climatic sweet spot of undulating hillsides just ten minutes from Gaviota Beach is a fresh breath of air. About 19 years ago, Kim Busch and her husband Andy were looking for the perfect spot in California to call home and raise their children. "It's a beautiful place, there are artisan wells on the property, and you can drink water straight out of them. But winemaking isn't as glamorous as it looks," said Kim.
Tucked away near Santa Ynez, between the coastal mountains of Santa Barbara and the warm hills of the valley, lies bucolic Folded Hills: winery, farmstead, and ranch. Formerly a pre-prohibition vineyard, the land has been primed for optimal winemaking, and its temporal climate doesn’t hurt, either. Making wines naturally here comes, well, naturally.
Scenic is the word for the weekend and Folded Hills is a one-stop-shop. You'll find yourself surrounded by supremely beautiful mountains, farm animals, wine and fresh produce.
The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is thrilled to welcome back Folded Hills Winery. Returning for the second year as the club's official wine sponsor, owners Andy and Kim Busch have a long tradition of polo and wine, which continues to make them the perfect pairing for the club.
It’s no longer cool to simply go wine tasting at any old tasting room. We all have our favorite spots in town or cool-looking wineries we belong to for their pick-up parties.
But there’s a new game in the 805, and it’s about to up typical wine tasting from drinking with a view to a more hands-on experience, complete with farm animals to visit and an organic you-pick field.
November - December 2018
What is the job really like? Each winemaker’s method and priorities are as varied as the wines they produce, and each story is unique. Angela Osborne’s role as a small production winemaker for Folded Hills and her own label, A Tribute to Grace, is no exception.
Cheers! A guide to wines for the holidays!
Perhaps you know the feeling. The family is gathered around the table. Everyone looks at you expectantly, and then … and then you panic. What wine goes with turkey?
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.
The property’s unique microclimate doesn’t hurt either…yet in between Folded Hills and the windswept Gaviota Coast are the nearly 3,000-foot peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Altogether, that means cool, foggy nights, like the Sta. Rita Hills, but way hotter days once the marine layer burns off, as the ocean breezes aren’t quite so steady — too hot for pinot noir, basically, but ideal for Grenache and Syrah.
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.
The Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club welcomes Folded Hills Winery to the club this year. Owners Andy and Kim Busch's long legacy with the sport of polo and their exquisite winery make this a fitting pairing.
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.