Firestone Vineyard

Paul Warson

Paul Warson

Firestone Vineyard began when Leonard Firestone, who started a farm in Santa Barbara County in early 1970, began to grow grapes for wine in the Santa Ynez Valley. Leonard, who is the son of Harvey Firestone, the founder of tire manufacturer Bridgestone, inherited his father’s entrepreneurial spirit and realized that the Santa Ynez Valley, which was not at all recognized as a wine growing region at the time, had the perfect oceanic climate and soil for growing grapes. Following this realization, he started a vineyard with the aim of raising grapes for major wine producers in the Napa Valley region and elsewhere. Santa Ynez Valley borders the Atlantic Ocean on its west side and is surrounded by mountains in the east. Although there are microclimates for each region, overall the climate is mild throughout the year. This allows the grapes to mature slowly over a long period of time, making for well-balanced fruit.

 After a while, his son Brook and wife Kate joined the business, and as the vineyard began to grow they decided to build their first estate winery in Santa Barbara. In 2007, the Firestone Vineyard joined the Foley Family Wines group, which is formed of many local wine brands in Santa Barbara, and continued its operations.
 
Winemaker Paul Warson originally studied beer brewing at university, and had a grasp of the basics of winemaking thanks to his knowledge of beer production. However, he became captivated by winemaking during his time as an intern for Gloria Ferrer one summer, and went on to gain experience at famous Napa Valley wineries including Merryvale, Newton and Trefethen, before joining Firestone in 2009.

 

Country

America

Region

California Wine

Appellation

California, Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley


Wines from this Winery


Firestone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Super value Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara's very first estate winery.

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¥2,200
Firestone Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon California

Amazing blend of Santa Barbara and Sonoma sources form an outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon.

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¥2,000