Andrew Murray

 Andrew   Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray Vineyards | Los Olivos, California |

Andrew Murray fell in love with the emerging Rhone varieties, Syrah and Viognier, in the late 1980's while traveling through France's Rhone Valley. Leaving his UC Berkeley paleontology and English literature studies behind, he pursued his new mistress, Syrah, with an internship in Australia. His three-month tryst evolved into a 11-month romance with the famed Australian Shiraz. Returning to the states, he earned a bachelor's degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis' renowned wine program, and concurrently founded his eponymous Santa Ynez Valley winery and vineyard.

He sought out growers who shared his passion for excellence and who dared to farm their vines to perilously low yields with the most advanced viticultural methods in the industry. This uncompromising winemaker's lucid philosophy is summarized succinctly in three words: Passion - Wisdom - Courage; the Passion of an unflagging love affair with Rhone varieties; the Wisdom gained with 25 years of winemaking; and the Courage to seek even the most subtle nuance out of each vintage.

Andrew's focus and dedication to his craft have culminated in what Robert Parker, Jr. calls, " of the shining stars in the Santa Barbara firmament." This perennially youthful perfectionist has been named 'Tastemaker of the Year' by Food and Wine Magazine, as well as, 'One of the most fearsome talents in food and wine.' Still, despite myriad accolades, Andrew remains the same modest, approachable, contemplative man he was when he first embarked to Australia back in 1992. He is eternally committed to vinicultural 'Kaizen' - the unrelenting pursuit of continuous improvement.

Andrew Murray now has two gorgeous tasting rooms where you can explore his delicious Rhone varietal wines. First up, the newly remodeled Winery & Visitors Center, located at the entrance of the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, just minutes away from historic downtown Los Olivos. He also still has the downtown Los Olivos tasting room open, where he has been sharing his wines and spreading the Rhone gospel for over 18 years. Whichever you choose, we look forward to seeing you soon.


Andrew will be on the expert panel for the Magical Cool Climate Syrah seminar on Saturday, April 4. Learn how and why cool climate Syrah is magical without putting down Syrah's grown in warmer and hotter regions.

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