Jonata, meaning “Tall Oak” is situated on 600 acres of a former cattle ranch in Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley Appellation. Ten Rhone & Bordeaux varietals thrive across 83 acres, including over 50 blocks and sub-blocks.
From its very inception, Jonata has been an ardent endeavor that would conjure up the names of our most acclaimed wines: “La Sangre de Jonata” Syrah (The Blood of Jonata), “El Alma de Jonata” Cabernet Franc (The Soul of Jonata) and “El Desafio de Jonata” Cabernet Sauvignon (The Defiance of Jonata). With a commitment to Syrah and Cabernet in particular, these impeccably crafted, chiseled masterpieces of tannic structure and true varietal characteristic have inspired a devoted following that sense something special is happening at Jonata.
At the helm of it all is winemaker, Matt Dees. Well-appointed with a degree in soil science, an experimental and gregarious personality by nature, Matt truly is a “salt (or soil) of the earth” winemaker. Employing cutting edge viticulture and producing upwards of ten wines under the Jonata label, Matt seamlessly orchestrates veritable oeuvres of hypnotic and simply staggering varietal amalgams, the likes of which have garnered favorable notice from the world’s foremost critics year after year.