I Brand & Family Wines is a small producer in the Monterey Bay area of California’s Central Coast making wines from vineyards within a 100-mile […]

I Brand & Family Wines is a small producer in the Monterey Bay area of California’s Central Coast making wines from vineyards within a 100-mile radius of our Salinas winery in Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties, with an eye for showcasing the best qualities of what we feel is an underappreciated winegrowing region. We search beyond the traditionally esteemed sites and focus on fortuitous alignments of soil, slope, aspect and variety.

After graduating from college in Vermont, winemaker, owner and native New Englander Ian Brand found a job on the Alaskan Peninsula leading groups of tourists to see grizzly bears in the wild. He continued his adventures for five years, ski-bumming, surf-bumming, doing wildlife surveys in the canyons of Utah, and joining the Peace Corps in Ecuador, eventually ending up broke and homeless in Santa Cruz. He felt lucky to find a job at the Bonny Doon Vineyard, where his first harvest hooked him on winemaking. He joined Big Basin Vineyards, an acclaimed Santa Cruz Mountains producer, as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker for four years. In 2008, he and his wife Heather decided to move to Monterey County and strike out on their own.

Winegrapes in this area benefit from the regular influx of cooling sea air from the 11,000 foot deep Monterey Marine Canyon. Dramatic microclimates result from onshore breezes and fog as they interplay with the coastal mountain ranges, valleys and California sunshine. Combined with varied soils and substrates, predominantly granite based and marine sediments, west of the San Andreas Fault on the Pacific Plate, these microclimates create a bevy of interesting vineyards.

Whether Albariño from the calcium rich bench on the eastern edge of the Santa Lucias, or Mourvédre rosé off the white clays and limestones of Spur Ranch, each site is carefully selected for its potential.

With Le P’tit Paysan focused on French country expression and La Marea focused on Spanish varieties, I Brand and Family winery is providing a refined alternative to astute wine enthusiasts for their daily glass of wine.

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