This property dates back to being part of the original Rancho Santa Rita land grant that was given in 1845 by Governor Pio Pico to José Ramón Malo. Malo was one of the first members of the first Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors in 1854. Malo passed away in 1859 before the US Public Land Commission confirmed his ownership in the Rancho in 1875.
In 1870, John Wise purchased our portion of the Rancho Santa Rita. Wise was co-partner in Christy & Wise, which was the oldest wool merchant on the pacific coast. Wise also owned almost 30,000 acres on the Estrella creek near Paso Robles.
More recently, our property was home to the Lompoc Sportsmen’s Club until it closed in the mid-1990. Doug Braun and Presidio Winery purchased it in 1999 and the Presidio Vineyard was planted in 2000.
In November 2012, my siblings and I purchased the Presidio Vineyard, a cool site west of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA near Lompoc. Presidio Winery kept their name, so we had to renamed the vineyard. Duvarita combines our parents’ first names with the Santa Rita land grant, which the vineyard sits.
See Duvarita block and varietal maps and read more about Duvarita Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Gris, and Voignier.
We are proud to have certified biodynamic vineyards and memberships with leading sustainable winegrowing organizations.
The previous years have been kind to our vineyards, read the 2013 recap for a production synopsis.
We are lucky to work with some of the best local wineries. Find out which award winning wines are made with our product!