Roark Wine Company

Year Established: 2009
Production: 1500 cases
Location: Los Alamos, California
Varieties: Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo
Viticulture: Sustainable
Vinification: No fining or filtration; minimal sulfur additions
Ryan Roark grew up in northeast Texas and went on to study plant pathology and microbiology at Texas A&M, graduating with a degree in Bioenvironmental Sciences. An exchange program took him to the Loire Valley in France, where he studied agriculture at the university in Angers and worked at Domaine Taillandier in Savennieres, which ignited his interest in wine. After working for various wineries in New Zealand and the Napa Valley, he arrived in Santa Barbara County in 2007. In 2009 he made his own first vintage and Roark Wine Company was born. He has continued making small batches of wine ever since, mostly from vineyards he farms himself; sometimes with grapes purchased from other growers who share his ethos of responsible and sustainable farming. The goal is to produce natural wines with very little intervention – “naturally made, classically styled”.