Guest Winemakers – Bradley Brown, Big Basin Vineyards

Meet Bradley Brown, the man behind the Certified Organic Big Basin Vineyards

Big Basin Vineyards was founded by Winemaker, Proprietor, and Vineyard Manager Bradley Brown. Bradley’s interest in wine was inspired by his father, Glenn, who was an avid home winemaker and lover of German wines. His interest grew exponentially after he reached the legal drinking age and was further fueled by a Francophile brother who spent seven years in Paris and the Phone Valley, culminating in a harvest and working at Chateau Rayas.

Bradley Brown - Big Basin Vineyards

Upon moving to California after college, Bradley quickly made friends with local winemakers and took advantage of opportunities to taste wines and participate in the entire winemaking process. It came time for a career change, as Bradley wanted and needed something more compatible with his passions: grape growing and winemaking. He was introduced to Rhone Ranger John Alban, who agreed to consult for Bradley. First came the planting of the Rattlesnake Rock Estate in 2000, followed by his foray into winemaking with the first vintage in 2002.

Big Basin Vineyards Beaufort Wine and FoodBradley built a winery in 2003 using redwoods sustainably harvested from the Estate and has grown the portfolio from one wine to over sixteen unique flavors, including five different vineyard Pinot Noirs. Being a farmer himself, Bradley understood the importance of vineyard site and viticultural practices. He has made it his mission to seek out the very best sites throughout the Santa Cruz and Gabilan Mountains, and is committed to organic farming as a way to improve the expression of site. The entire Estate vineyard is Certified Organic by the CCOF.

Bradley is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association. His wife Samantha is a highly respected yoga teacher, and the second floor of the winery is a yoga studio where Bradley and other employees take advantage of the weekly yoga classes. Bradley and Samantha have two young sons, Kiran and Lakota, both of whom love grapes and tractors.

More about Big Basin Vineyards

Big Basin Vineyards has had an extensive number of reviews published by major wine critics, including Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Rhone Report, Wine and Spirits, Burghound, Prince of Pinot, and many others. Antonio Galloni recently reported for the Wine Advocate about Bradley;

“Proprietor Bradley Brown crafts some of the most compelling, small-production artisan wines in California’s Central Coast. With each passing year, the wines are more refined and polished, making Big Basin one of the most dynamic up and coming wineries in the state.”

Recently, Big Basin Vineyards was selected to join 32 of California’s top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers to be represented at In Pursuit of Balance – one of the only wine tasting organizations in the U.S. today that carefully selects its members through juried blind tastings by respected professionals.

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