Stephen Searle

Stephen Searle

Stephen Searle
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A Santa Barbara resident for 6 years, and winemaker at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Stephen Searle began his own project, Leitmotif Wines in 2016. Born from a passion to showcase an honest expression of local terroir, Stephen works with unique sites throughout Santa Barbara County and Edna Valley. A vineyard-first philosophy to winegrowing ensures only the highest quality grapes make it to the cellar, at which point a decidedly hands-off approach is taken. Fermentation occurs spontaneously with native yeasts, wines are moved to barrel by gravity, and are allowed to mature unracked until bottling. Leitmotif strives to produce wines of nuance, complexity and balance.