Notary Public was created with a desire to explore the diversity and potential within Santa Barbara County as a wine growing region. Santa Barbara County is blessed with various climates and soil diversity due to the unique East-West Mountain Ranges that open up to the Pacific Ocean. The focus at Notary Public is Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, grown in areas where we are able to craft wines with personality of both vintage and site. Our goal is to make wines that are approachable, elegant and yet structured - wines that define our area.
Ultimately, we want the public's stamp of approval on the wines we craft!
Ernst Storm grew up in South Africa, where he studied winemaking and worked in both the Stellenbosch and Walker Bay regions. Ernst settled in Santa Barbara County ten years ago to explore the cooler growing areas and to focus on Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc under his label Storm. A desire to explore the warmer Happy Canyon AVA and other unique sites within the Santa Ynez Valley has led to the birth of Notary Public.