Clouds Rest Estate Vineyards: winery information
Winemaker: Anthony Austin
A UC Davis graduate in enology, Tony studied with the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff and later directed the first crush at Firestone in 1976. Firestone was the first modern commercial winery in the Santa Barbara area and, while Tony was at the helm, it won many prestigious awards for its wines. In 1981, Tony left to establish his own label, Austin Cellars, in Los Olivos and made some first-rate Pinots there ( a Sierra Madre Vineyard and a Bien Nacido Vineyard) until 1992 when the winery was sold. Today, Tony has some 30 vintages under his belt and is as passionate as ever about producing Pinot Noir.
Annual Production: 600 cases
10,000+ vines planted 3'x3' on 1.75 Acres.
Grape Varieties Planted