Rozak Vintners began life as Rozak Ranch Vineyard in the mid 1990's with the purchase of a 143 acre parcel of unimproved land on the western edge of the Santa Ynez Valley. This region, after a few hard fought battles, would eventually become the Santa Rita Hills. A very small portion of that ranch was developed into vineyards over the next 5 or 6 years with the resulting fruit being sold off to such producers as Babcock and Brewer Clifton.
Starting with the 2001 vintage we made 510 cases of Estate Pinot Noir at the Brewer Clifton facility in Lompoc. Small amounts of Estate Chardonnay and Syrah were added over the next few years. Winemaking facilities have shuffled from the BC facility in Lompoc to the mammoth Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria to Tantara Winery (Santa Maria) then finally back to the "wine ghetto," a nondescript business park in Lompoc housing a number of high end producers.
We have since added small quantities of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Syrah from such distinctive vineyards as Bien Nacido, Solomon Hills, Tierra Alta, Gold Coast, Huber and Rio Vista. Production remains in the 1200 to 1800 case range.
In 2012, Random Path was added as a new label for us. In essence we let the fruit tell us where we need to go and therefore the path is not always predetermined. And hence, that practice was a large component in developing the name. The other component that contributed to the name described the unpredictable series of events that made up this whole crazy journey.