We're delighted to present the stunning Pinot Noir and Chardonnays from Spear Vineyards & Winery, for the first time ever in the UK. When we recently asked our good friend, and regional legend, Greg Brewer what he thought was the most exciting new Estate in Sta. Rita Hills, he didn't miss a beat is highlighting Spear. When Greg makes a recommendation, you definitely take note, and we were totally blown away by the gorgeous Estate, stunning wines and fantastic team when we met them in 2019.
Spear Vineyards & Winery is a family owned, sustainable and certified organic vineyard nestled in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
Founder Ofer Shepher’s interest in the local wine community germinated very early on and continued to resonate within him throughout his college and post-college career. Weekend camping trips to the Santa Ynez Valley sparked an unyielding desire to pursue coastal wines. He began his winemaking studies at U.C. Davis in 2004, which propelled a move to the historic Gnesa Ranch in 2005. Being surrounded by the Sta. Rita Hills was truly inspirational from a viticultural and enological standpoint. From that moment forward, Ofer’s sole focus was the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. He spent the next seven years patiently searching for what would prove to be the ideal location to plant and build his dream vineyard and winery.
As a child, Ofer would spend summers in Israel working on the kibbutz his mother grew up on. This communal farming background not only afforded Ofer a tremendously diverse skill set, it also set the tone for a collaborative work ethic focused predominantly on agriculture. These formative years continue to influence the stewardship of every aspect at Spear Vineyards, where every stage of the wine growing process is given equal priority. The goal is the beauty of the total system where everything and everyone is supported and appreciated.
Spear's Gnesa Vineyard is a prized source of the very best fruit, used by 'Grand Cru' winery, Brewer-Clifton.
Brewer-Clifton co-founder, Greg Brewer, has consulted for Spear since the first vines went in the ground in 2012.