Nielson Vineyard Hands Filtering Dirt Winemakers Johnathan Nagy, Ryan Pace
Nielson Vineyard

About Us

Welcome to Nielson, born of sandy soils, Pacific Ocean breezes and Santa Barbara sunshine.

In 1964, Santa Barbara winemaking pioneer Uriel Nielson, planted the first commercial vineyard in Santa Barbara County – an act of bold curiosity in a region considered at the time too cold to grow grapes.

Nielson Wines continues in our namesake’s pioneering spirit, crafting ambitious wines that embody the freshness and vibrancy of our coastal home.

Our Pinot Noirs are balanced, vibrant and elegant – made to be savored with an infinite number of cuisines. We embrace our screwcap closures, ensuring enjoyment anywhere, anytime…wherever the adventure takes you.

Winemakers Johnathan Nagy, Ryan Pace


Our winemakers, Jonathan Nagy and Ryan Pace, use high-end, small-lot winemaking techniques, such as hand pruning, block-by-block harvesting, barrel fermentations and lees stirring, in combination with fruit sourcing from some of the region’s most renowned vineyard sites to craft Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that express the purity and diversity of Santa Barbara’s cool-climate, coastal AVAs.

Check our Activities Page to find out where you can taste Nielson wines.