Kunin Wines

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kunin syrah

In a time when skepticism surrounded Santa Barbara's potential for producing top-class Syrah, Seth Kunin, founder of Kunin Wines, saw an opportunity. The 1990s were dominated by the trend for robust, blockbuster-style Shiraz from regions like Australia's Barossa Valley and California's North Coast. However, Seth Kunin's vision was different. Leveraging his connections in the restaurant scene, he introduced wines that were crafted to complement rather than overpower fine cuisine. This approach led to the discovery of a ready market for his wines, characterised by their exquisite balance and finesse.

Kunin Wines became part of a broader revolution in California, where winemakers, inspired by Seth's example, began to explore the potential for creating wines that were not just powerful but also subtle, elegant, complex, and capable of aging gracefully. This movement marked a significant shift in the state's winemaking approach, showcasing its versatility beyond the typical 'fruit bombs.'

Carrying forward this legacy, Magan Eng, Seth's wife and business partner, has taken the reins of Kunin Wines with admirable determination and skill. Under her guidance, the winery continues to thrive, pushing the boundaries of what Santa Barbara wines can be. Her first vintages have earned high praise, demonstrating her commitment to maintaining the winery's reputation for quality while also charting a new course for its future.

Today, Kunin Wines invites wine enthusiasts to their tasting room in Santa Barbara's historic Presidio neighborhood. Here, amidst the charming Spanish architecture, guests can savor the distinct character of their Rhône and Loire-inspired wines, reflecting the enduring legacy and exciting future of Kunin Wines.

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Awards & Press Our Latest Awards

Decanter Best Specialist Retailer USA 2022,  Decanter and IWC Specialist Merchant of the Year 2019 for our USA range.

Decanter Retailer Awards | Best USA Specialist
International Wine Challenge 2019 | Specialist Merchant of the Year USA

Roberson has 'bust out dancing' from the pandemic, its USA range outstanding in California but also beyond, and its achingly cool events featuring Californian tacos, live graffiti and 'the sweet beat of retro vinyl'.

Decanter Retailer Awards 2022