Racines is a collaboration between two classic houses from France, led by vignerons Étienne de Montille and Rodolphe Péters, and Santa Barbara’s own Justin Willett, owner and winemaker at Tyler Winery.

The project is the first venture for Étienne and Rodolphe beyond France and represents the coming together of all that is wonderful about Burgundy, Champagne and California.

These wines confirm something many have long suspected: that if you are looking to make terroir driven, elegant, balanced wines in the new world, then Santa Rita Hills is the place.

Étienne de Montille

Étienne de Montille joined Domaine de Montille in 1983, working alongside his father (the legendary Hubert de Montille) to build the Domaine and push the principles of terroir.

He was instrumental in the introduction of both organic farming, and latterly biodynamic methods and was at the heart of the expansion of the holdings to 30 hectares, including the iconic Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet.