Holus Bolus, Black Sheep Finds, Santa Barbara

This small “garagiste” winery, run by Peter Hunken and Amy Christine, produces around 1000 cases annually, mostly from the Rhône varietals Syrah and Roussanne grown in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, one of the most sought after grape-growing regions in California’s Central Coast. Peter was previously with Stolpman Vineyards, working with winemaker Sashi Moorman. Along with Sashi, he started Piedrasassi and Holus Bolus, in 2003. In 2008 Sashi and Peter parted company, and Peter took Holus Bolus. In the meantime, Peter had started Black Sheep Finds with Amy in 2005, and so Holus Bolus was incorporated into that winery project.

The first Black Sheep Finds wines were released in 2005, around 200 cases were initially made, and growth has been steady since then. The fruit is sourced from single vineyards and is not blended, to ensure the "varietal integrity" of each wine, according to Peter.

“Holus Bolus” is derived from the Latin meaning “all together without modification”. According to Peter Hunken, this term is applicable to their wines and their single vineyard origins as all the grapes go into one configuration rather than being blended with other varieties as many wineries prefer to do. The idea has worked well for us,” he continued.

A newly-planted 5-acre estate vineyard on the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, near Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman’s Domaine de la Côte vineyards, grows pinot noir, syrah, and chardonnay grapes and means Holus Bolus is now half estate, half negoce. 

For distribution in the UK and France only.

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