Winery • Santa Ynez Valley

Our Philosophy

Established in 2005, Demetria Estate is a family owned winery. Our goal is to produce wines of distinction and character rivaling those of the world’s greatest estates. Our wines are artfully crafted to showcase the unique growing conditions of the Santa Ynez Valley and Sta. Rita Hills.  We believe that low yields, sustainable and biodynamic farming practices, and gentle winemaking produce wines of exceptional quality.

Demetria Estate grew out of the desire of owners John and Sandra Zahoudanis to continue a family legacy connecting his Greek heritage with their family’s future. John grew up on a modest family farm at the base of Mount Olympus in Greece. Sadly, his family was uprooted following the devastation of both World War II and the Greek Civil war. The unparalleled beauty and Mediterranean feel of the Demetria Estate reminded John of his homeland and became the perfect location to carry on the family tradition of farming and careful stewardship of the land.

Demetria is named after John and Sandra’s daughter, Demetria.  The name is fitting as it means “goddess of harvest” in the ancient Greek language. Our rams head logo is based upon a family heirloom piece of jewelry which symbolizes strength and depicts the rams as protectors of the property.  The image of the double rams head also represents the merging of the two stylistic wine portfolios produced under the Demetria name. We produce two distinct portfolios of wines based upon the exceptional, ideally situated growing regions of the Central Coast.  Biodynamically grown Rhone-style wines from our Estate in the Santa Ynez Valley and Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from some of the best vineyards located in both the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVAs.  Our winemaking team is led by winemaker Harry Waye who brings his minimalistic winemaking approach and beliefs of low alcohol, balanced acidity and food friendly wines to our renowned region. The process of Biodynamic farming is guided by Philippe Armenier, formerly of Domaine Marcoux in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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