The Buttonwood Story
Buttonwood Farm is a small gem set amidst the splendor of Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley. The farm is a shining example of the vision of our founder, Betty Williams. Betty was always ahead of her time, and in the 60's set out to create a working farm based on good practices for people, animals and the earth. First there were horses, then organic vegetables and finally, a vineyard.
Today, our 39-acre vineyard stretches across a sun-drenched mesa on the eastern portion of our 106-acre property. We started planting in 1983 and now have 33,000 vines, small in the world of wine, but huge to us. Our tasting room is surrounded by other bounty from the farm, including olives, pomegranates, peonies, herbs, summer vegetables and of course, our famous peaches! Our philosophy is beautifully summed up by our Mission Statement:
In the far distant future may it be said that the owners and stewards
of this land so used and protected it that it has been able to absorb
the energies of the other forces, those of the infinitely small, of the
winds, the birds and the animals, to once again create a balanced ecological
microcosm. In this process, effort shall be made to present a financially
viable operation, participating fully in the life of the times, the culture
and the community. Where possible, the farm shall act as a model for
small family husbandry as a source of gain, as well as a personal resource
of food and beauty.