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Bill Wathen and Dick Dor (also known as the Foxen Boys”) have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the samethe creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a “minimalist” approach to winemaking.
The winery was named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick’s great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800’s. In 1837, this Santa Barbara County pioneer purchased the Rancho Tinaquaic, a Mexican Land Grant that originally totaled nearly 9000 acres and comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive “anchor” as his ranch cattle brand, which has become a trademark of the winery. It is very fitting that FOXEN has made its home on the 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.
With the completion of FOXEN’s new solar-powered winery and tasting room in 2009, the historic and beloved tasting shack was renamed foxen 7200″, where Bill and Dick now feature their Bordeaux and Cal-Ital-style wines, under a newly designed label. FOXEN Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Rhane-style wines are showcased in the new solar-powered tasting room at 7600 Foxen Canyon Road
Both tasting rooms are open daily, 11 to 4. Bill and Dick invite you to visit FOXEN to taste their wines and experience the bucolic setting of the Rancho Tinaquaic. And then you’ll understand why many say, If you don’t know FOXEN, you don’t know DICK…or BILL!”
Sustainable winegrowers since 1989.
Solar-powered winery since 2009.Tinaquaic Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
Foxen’s estate ten-acre vineyard was planted by Dick and Bill in 1989 on the Dor family’s historic Rancho Tinaquaic. In their frugal shoestring budget” style, the Foxen Boys” gathered the canes for their little vineyard from already-pruned cuttings from historic Santa Maria Valley vineyards during evening hours in Dick’s old orange pickup truck. For this reason, they affectionately refer to their special cane collection method as the Volar de Noche” or fly by night”.
Foxen’s Tinaquaic Vineyard is the region’s only dry-farmed vineyardwhich means that it receives absolutely no irrigation. Relying on only the water that Mother Nature provides, our estate vineyard must be meticulously farmed with the yields kept at extremely low levels. Because of this, and the fact that the grapes grow on the original rootstocks, Foxen is rewarded with grapes that display distinctive and intense varietal character.
The soil composition ranges from sandy to clay loam in this hillside vineyard that is perched about 500 feet above the winery and the Foxen Canyon floor. There are currently six acres of Chardonnay and a mere 1.5 acres each of Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
August 4, 2012: Anchor Club Barbeque, Oak Grove at FOXEN 12:30pm
Spend a fun afternoon in our oak grove for a delicious BBQ lunch(MENU) by Cowboy Caterin’, FOXEN wines and kick your boots up to the sounds of the Foss Brothers. $60 per person($30 for kids 12 & under). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, or as always give us a call at the winery at 805.937.4251. This event is only open to Anchor and Master & Commander members!
August 12(SOLD OUT!)& 13th, 2012: Wine Vault & Bistro WInemaker Dinners-San Diego, CA
Dick and Jenny return once again to host 2 back to back winemaker dinners! Please call the Wine Vault to make your reservation…it’s always a sell out event so book early! MENU! 619.295.3939 or visit their website HERE.
September 20, 2012: The Lodge at Torrey Pines WInemaker Dinner- La Jolla, Ca
Dick and Jenny return once again for a fun evening at the beautiful Lodge at Torrey Pines! For more info please call 805.453.4420 or visit their website here.
September 21, 2012: The Cellar Winemaker Dinner-Fullerton, Ca
Join Dick and Jenny for a fun night at The Cellar. Call 714.525.5682 for more info, or visit their website HERE!. More details to follow….
October 25, 2012: Disney World’s Flying Fish Winemaker Dinner- Orlando, FL
Dick and Jenny had so much fun last time, that they have agreed to return to the Flying Fish to host another wine dinner during Epcot’s 2012 International Food and Wine Festival this fall. Visit their website HERE.
May 25-June 6, 2013: 12 day Istanbul to Rome cruise
Dick and Jenny had such a blast last year, they’ve decided to do it again! For more information, please call Food & Wine Trails at 800.367.5348 or visit their website HERE! Check out the FLYER!
OUR SOLAR POWERED WINERY AND TASTING ROOM OPENED IN 2009.
Both our new FOXEN tasting room and our historic 7200 tasting “shack” are now open for double the fun!! Come by and check out our new winery, just south of the “shack” to taste our Burgundian and Rhone-Style varietals. Then head down to the “shack” to taste our Cal-Ital and Bordeaux-style wines. Both tasting rooms are open daily from 11-4pm. Come see what we’re up to!