Santa Barbara Independent, 2021 Walson Holland Is Ojai’s Newest Winery by Matt Kettmann
The Ojai Valley is not new to winemaking.
Antonio Riva built a winery on what’s now Old Creek Ranch more than 100 years ago, and, in the 1980s, Adam Tolmach planted a vineyard at The Ojai Vineyard, where he’s now growing fascinating hybrid grapes to deal with the region’s pesty Pierce’s disease. A smattering of vineyards popped up in the ensuing years—Roll Ranch getting the most attention, thanks largely to Tolmach—as well as homey wineries such as Casa Barranca and Boccali. Things got even more serious with the 2016 opening of Topa Mountain Winery, whose comfortable outdoor spread and solid wines put Ojai on the map as a true tasting destination.