Rainborne was established in 2007 by winemaker Steve Kirby to make wine exclusively from dry-farmed grapes. In Sonoma County, before the 1970s most vineyards were dry-farmed. In an effort to increase production and reduce risk, today most vineyards are irrigated.
the sixteen years Steve has worked making wine, he has had the opportunity
to taste the best of old and new world wines. He consistently found the
wines that impressed him the most maintained their identity from vintage
to vintage, while showing the uniqueness of each individual vintage. Without
fail, these most expressive wines were made from dry-farmed vineyards. From
this realization came the concept of Rainborne.
Steve pursued his passion for winemaking after a successful career as a classical ballet dancer. The opportunity to spend a lifetime to perfect a craft was extremely appealing, after ballet where few dance beyond their twenties. He began by working in wine retail in San Francisco and simultaneously earning a degree with honors in viticulture and enology from UC Davis graduating in 1999. By 2001, he had earned the title of Winemaker, but spent the next six years learning the business, the regions and vineyards, always with the goal of creating a significant wine.