The Santa Ynez Valley’s Loizides Household to Launch Phased Hospitality Enterprise on Historic Ranch Courting to 1853, Most Not too long ago Residence to Mosby Vineyard & Vineyards
August 30, 2022 – Buellton, CA – Hospitality entrepreneurs, Karen and Jimmy Loizides, have plans in place for a Wednesday, September 28, 2022 opening of the primary half in what will probably be a phased launch of the household’s latest Santa Ynez Valley enterprise, Vega Winery & Farm (www.vegavineyardandfarm.com). The working vineyard, farm, and occasion venue, situated on historic land most lately dwelling to Mosby Vineyard & Vineyards, has been renamed “Vega” in honor of the ranch’s preliminary id, Rancho La Vega, and its necessary place within the coronary heart and historical past of northern Santa Barbara County.
The 212-acre Vega Winery and Farm will comprise the previously-Mosby property’s 21 acres of vineyards, presently coated in Italian varietals, in addition to the property’s vineyard and tasting room, each of which have undergone in depth updates and a design overhaul. The tasting room, located in a barn which was as soon as the land’s circa-Eighteen Eighties carriage home, joins the likes of different historic buildings on the ranch together with the unique adobe dwelling, relationship again to 1853, which continues to greet visitors with a brand new backyard and VIP space. Sitting atop one of many highest factors of the mountainous parcel of land, a 216-square-foot adobe-style chapel, in-built 2014 with pews salvaged from an Ohio church. The chapel is adorned with stained-glass home windows and an expansive outside patio with infinite views of the Santa Ynez Valley.
“This property has an unbelievable, tangible historical past, and such vitality of its personal. But it surely was in want of some love, and we’re overjoyed on the probability to be the individuals who inject new life into this necessary place,” mentioned Jimmy Loizides, Vega Winery and Farm’s new proprietor.
Section one of many property’s new life will entail the reopening of the now-family-friendly vineyard tasting room for bottle gross sales and tasting experiences. Upon the September 2022 opening, obtainable wines will embrace the vineyard’s current library of stock, in addition to bottles below the Vega Winery and Farm label, made with grapes sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards. Wines presently obtainable on the market and tastings embrace crimson wines like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Syrah, Barbera, and Pinot Noir, white wines similar to Chardonnay, Bianco (a white mix), Albariño, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, and Viognier, and a Rosato (rosé).
Visitors could go for an al fresco wine tasting expertise with a number of seating areas overlooking the vineyards, with dwell music, garden video games, and different leisure meant for leisurely, outside afternoons. Picnic-perfect spots situated on the west facet of the property will welcome households.
Main Vega Winery and Farm’s winemaking operations is esteemed Santa Barbara County winemaker, Steve Clifton, recognized for his decades-long work with Italian grape varieties. Property-grown Vega Winery and Farm bottlings will start with vintages from harvest of 2022.
Working alongside Clifton as Basic Supervisor, is Kara Teel, who labored within the Santa Barbara County wine business for 23 years and for the Loizides household the previous three years, managing Ok’Syrah Catering and Occasions, after which Sear Steakhouse. Teel will probably be managing and main the crew at Vega Winery and Farm.
A part of Vega Winery and Farm’s preliminary section is the opening of a second entrance to the property, resulting in a newly-constructed barn and recently-planted natural farm. A newly-erected farm stand will provide produce from Vega Farm in addition to different produce and baked items. The farm’s resident animals embrace goats, pigs, llamas, chickens, and geese, obtainable for visitors to feed, and all a part of the farm’s sustainable system.
The Vega Farm portion of the brand new enterprise will quickly function hayrides alongside the path system which runs by way of the property.
“That is an eclectic, considerably eccentric property, we really feel partially, a mirrored image of the encircling Valley with its mini-melting pot of cultural origins,” added Jimmy Loizides.
Vega Winery & Farm began life as Rancho La Vega in 1853, when Dr. Roman de la Cuesta, the primary physician within the Santa Ynez Valley, and his spouse Michaela Cota, the daughter of Francisco Cota of neighboring Rancho Santa Rosa, constructed the property’s unique 13-room adobe home alongside the south financial institution of the Santa Ynez River. Dr. Roman de la Cuesta, often known as Don Roman, was born in Spain and arrived in California in 1849. When he married Micaela Cota, he was gifted Rancho La Vega as a part of her dowry (“vega” is a Spanish phrase which roughly interprets to “discipline” or “meadow”). The couple’s son, Don Eduardo, lived and grew wine grapes on the land for a few years together with his spouse, Eleva Pollard, a granddaughter of Captain William Henry Dana and great-granddaughter of Carlos Antonio Carrillo, patriarch of Santa Barbara’s Carrillo household. Don Eduardo de la Cuesta would change into instrumental in getting Freeway 101 routed by way of Buellton in 1927, and a portion of an unique Freeway 101 bridge nonetheless exists on the Vega Winery and Farm property.
Demetrios (“Jimmy”) and Karen Loizides, Santa Ynez Valley residents and enterprise house owners who relocated to the realm in 2011, had all the time been drawn to the area attributable to its similarities to Demetrios’s ancestral and grape-growing village of Kathikas, Cyprus, after which his childhood city of the untamed Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The duo has owned and operated a number of hospitality endeavors within the Santa Ynez Valley, together with the fabled Maverick Saloon and Ok’Syrah Catering and Occasions. The couple was additionally the unique proprietor of newer Solvang restaurant, Sear Steakhouse. In early-2022, the Loizides household offered the restaurant to make approach for his or her plans to refurbish and broaden Mosby Vineyard, which they’ve returned to its nomenclature roots as Vega Winery and Farm.
The subsequent phases of Vega Winery and Farm embrace the introduction of an occasion sequence, similar to outside live shows which will probably be open to the general public, in addition to the evolution of the property’s non-public occasion menus and choices.
“We now have all the time been enamored by the historical past of the land on this area of the Central Coast, the historic buildings which dot the landscapes, and the realm’s agricultural previous,” defined Jimmy Loizides. “Buying and restoring Vega Winery and Farm simply takes our plans to study from that wealthy historical past and maintain it for the longer term, to the subsequent degree.”
Vega Winery and Farm is situated at 9496 Santa Rosa Highway (U.S. 101 Exit 139, Santa Rosa Highway), Buellton, CA 93427. The farm and tasting room’s preliminary opening hours will probably be Thursday by way of Monday, 11:00 AM to eight:00 PM (preliminary opening hours topic to alter). To achieve Vega Winery and Farm instantly, please name 805.688.2415. Personal occasion inquiries could also be directed to Kara Teel, Basic Supervisor, at [email protected].