Our Story

Barber Cellars is dedicated to hand crafted, high quality, single vineyard wines from Sonoma County. Michael Barber started making wine with his wife, Lorraine, in San Francisco in 2005. His background was in wine retail, hers was in construction, and both were still working their day jobs when they formed Barber Cellars in 2007 with the intent to start a wine brand. To achieve this goal Mike was mentored in enology by established vintners in the east bay, and taught viticulture by winegrowers they knew in Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley. Call it extreme ‘on-the-job’ training. They harvested their first commercial vintage of Dry Creek Valley fruit in 2007 and released their first bottle of wine in 2008 to immediate media and consumer praise.

 

There is a saying in this industry that goes: “In the wine business, you start with a large fortune to make a small fortune.” The Barbers started with no fortune at all, just a desire to hand craft unique and memorable California wines. Their first wines were from Dry Creek Valley fruit, crushed and fermented at a co-op winery in Suisun City close to San Francisco. Today they are 100% Sonoma County based, pouring at their tasting room in Petaluma, and making wine in their Sebastopol winery from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Mountain, and Carneros fruit.

Winemaking

The Barbers’ style of wine is more elegant and spice driven with brighter acidity and lower alcohol. Their goal is to create new world wines with old world sensibilities: food friendly wines of elegance and complexity that honestly showcase the differences of individual terroirs and individual vintages with fruit from small lots of single vineyards.

 

To achieve this goal, the winery only uses hand picked fruit from organically or sustainably farmed vineyards. The wine is made without unnatural additions or manipulations and as little sulphur as possible. Every grape is hand picked and hand sorted. The red wines are fermented gently with two hand punch downs per day, aged in oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The white and rosé wines are fermented slowly in stainless steel, naturally clarified with colder temperatures, and bottled unfined.

 

Each wine is given a unique name on the label.  The names are inspired by the individual expressions of the vineyards, and by the Barber family’s history.  Browse through the wine selections to read about the origin of each name.

Cheers – From Our Family to Yours!

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