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Our Story

Kent is an "accidental winemaker".  With a long history in real estate development and architecture, he found his "retirement" to be lacking.  Realizing a lifelong dream to be a landowner at Hollister Ranch and enjoy West Coast Surfing, Kent also obtained a small ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley for he and his wife's small "herd" of horses. 

With surfing not taking up all his time, Kent met various winemakers and explored area vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley, and found a new purpose in launching the Long Creek Farms family of wines.

After spending time in the Santa Ynez Valley and Napa wine country, Kent decided to engage the services of renowned winemaker Steve Clifton to help guide him through the winemaking process.  Starting in 2018, Kent and Steve visited nearby vineyards, tasted grapes, and made selections that became the wines we are serving today.  

Kent has been involved from grape selection to finished product, throughout the winemaking process with Steve and can also be found hosting some pop-up tastings on the weekends where he enjoys talking with folks and having a glass of wine or two. 

In 2023, we decided to relocate to the east coast although our wines continue to be produced under the auspices of Steve Clifton, right in the Santa Ynez Valley.