Casa Barranca Winery–Heard It On The Grapevine–What’s up, What’s hot, Ventura County’s Local Wineries


By Raven West

Surrounded by the mountains of the Ojai Valley, Casa Barranca winery is the first ICO certified organic vineyard on the Central Coast and is also one of a few wineries in Ventura County that produces 100% vegan wine; meaning there are no animal products used in the production process.

Even though wine is made from grapes, during the winemaking process, the liquid is filtered through substances called “fining agents.” This process is used to GE DIGITAL CAMERAremove protein, yeast, cloudiness, “off” flavors and colorings, and other organic particles. Popular animal-derived fining agents used in the production of wine include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes). The filtering agents used in vegan wine include carbon, bentonite clay, limestone, kaolin clay, plant casein, silica gel, and vegetable plaques.” *

Casa Barranca’s ICO certified organic vineyard consists of organic Syrah, organic Grenache, organic Semillon, and organic viognier grapes which thrive in the hot Mediterranean-like climate of the Ojai Valley – akin to the southern Rhone region of France. They use natural, organic nutrients (like the squeezed grape matter left over after pressing) to fertilize their vines.

The newly remodeled and expanded Tasting Room, located in downtown Ojai’s historic arcade, is also “organically” unique in its design and construction. Not a single metal nail was used anywhere! Instead, local craftsmen employed Old World skills like “mortis and tenon,” and “scarf joinery,” and finished the walls in a “board and batten” style. The walls themselves display murals of the local wine region and Arts and Crafts inspired murals by artist Michael Divine.

Casa Barranca Tasting Room

Casa Barranca Tasting Room

Their tasting flight includes a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2010, 2011 and 2011 Pinot Noir, 2011 and 2012 Cabernet Franc, 2011 and 2012 Merlot, a 2012 Sangiovese and several blends.

For entertainment, the Casa Barranca Tasting Room features live jazz every Sunday from 3pm to 5:30pm.

Natural, Organic and Delicious! Casa Barranca has it all!

Casa Barranca Tasting Room
208 E. Ojai Ave
Hours are Monday to Sunday 12-6


Raven West

Raven West


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Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.


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