Before Sam Marmorstein moved to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, he was a stock broker in Los Angeles, who's hobby was making wine. Sam and two of his friends (both of whom are independent and well respected wine makers) bought grapes and books on wine making. They cleaned out a garage to use as a winery and got to work. So, when Sam went on a bicycle ride through the Santa Ynez Valley, he was awestruck by the beauty and decided that to own land, plant grapes, and create hand-crafted wines, made more sense than life in the big city. In 1995, Sam moved to Los Olivos and planted an entire three acres making his Bernat Winery the smallest licensed producer in Santa Barbara appellation. Another acre was recently planted totaling four acres.