Whitcraft Winery: Drake Whitcraft makes beautifully balanced, site-specific wines in his low-fi Santa Barbara winery. Growing up in Santa Barbara under the tutelage of his father, who started Whitcraft Winery in 1985, and his friend Burt Williams, founder of Williams-Selyem in Sonoma, Drake has formed good relationships with some of the best vineyards in the Central Coast with a focus on the cool climate and diverse terroir of Sta. Rita Hills.
He gets his grapes from sought-after sites like Pence, La Rinconada, and Stolpman. He makes all his wines in the same hands-on, low-intervention way - describing himself as a wine shepherd more than a winemaker - above everything else Drake wants to make a naked representation of these exceptional vineyards year after year. They represent a cross-section of the emerging class of site-specific wines coming out of Central Coast California today.