PIOCHO RANCH was acquired by Thomas J. Barrack Jr. in 1992. Out of a love for the countryside and a ranchers life we, the Barrack family, developed rolling acres of vineyards. Our peaceful and beautiful property sits nestled in the Happy Canyon Valley, a perfect location for growing grapes and riding horses.
Apart from our beautiful vineyards, Piocho Ranch is a place where we blend our passion for the game of polo with the art of making wine. Our aim is excellence and elegance, which is why we are meticulous about everything we do. Our horses are trained with the same detail as the greatest of athletes. Our two regulation sized Polo fields are groomed with the same care as the finest golf courses in the world.
Our vineyards are organic, sustainable, and completely hand done. As a result our property attracts the best Polo ponies, the best Polo athletes, and consistently produces some of the best Bordeaux varietal wines in the world. We are passionate about being good stewards of the land. As such, we have kept the historical native American name of our ranch, Piocho, and selected it as the name of our Polo team and the name of our flagship wines. We have two dry creek river beds, one to the west and another to east that run through our ranch and meet at the edge of the property. PIocho means "Where the two rivers meet and go to heaven.”
HAPPY CANYON VINEYARD is a family owned and operated estate vineyard and boutique winery on the central coast of California that has gained esteem with our award winning Bordeaux varietal wines. Our vineyard is nestled into the undulating hills of the beautiful Piocho Ranch at the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley. The ranch and vineyard is where we, the Barrack family, call home. We have taken great pride over the years in being stewards of the land and created wines that are unique to the beauty, richness, and heritage of the “terroir.”