Before Les Marchands was a blip on the radar, its curators, Eric Railsback and Brian McClintic formed Vallin along with Master Sommelier Dustin Wilson and winemaker Justin Willett of Tyler Winery fame. Their belief in Santa Barbara County’s raw potential is expressed through the Rhone varieties that define the project.
Vallin is the collective passion of four friends, inspired by many late nights with Syrah on the table. The word “Vallin” pays homage to the original settlers of France’s Northern Rhone Valley -- a people who first planted the Syrah grape and whose producers continue to keep our glasses full.
Though we admire these great expressions, we believe Syrah has a dynamic identity here in Santa Barbara County and it is our ambition to work with exciting vineyard sites that will best foster that identity.