In October 2014 we took possession of 201 Industrial Way #D Buellton California. My brother Jeff, his wife Joanne and I just moved into the DorWood Distillery World Headquarters. Our location was a big ole 1900 sq. ft. totally empty Industrial building. And then the fun started! But for the year prior to getting our location I had some learning and paperwork to do. We have been involved in different businesses in different Industries for years like Construction and Development, Music Industry, Athletic Clubs, Physical Therapy, etc.
Jeff and Joanne had purchased Bella Cavalli in early 2000's and had started their Wine and Horse business. After reading for a few years in the Wine Trade Magazines in the early 2000's about how the Distilling industry is an up and coming Industry Jeff gave me a call and asked what I thought about opening a Distillery. I have loved and drank Tequila for years and thought about making my ownTequila (our Agave) and I said Heck yeah. I called Jeff the next morning and said " I guess I need to start learning everything I can." So I spent the next year just researching, reading and going to as many distilleries as I could and try and learn as much as possible.
We decided on Buellton and the Santa Ynez Valley located in the Heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country (remember the movie Sideways) mainly because of the life style here, its location to Southern California and the material we use in our products being so close by. Our parents moved us to Northern California from Southern Illinois when Jeff and I were very young to country farm town in Northern California were we grew up and loved the easy going slower lifestyle more than a bigger population area. It fit our business plan and lifestyle perfect.
Unlike a lot of Distilleries we didn't have unlimited cash to start with so we were pretty much 30 days at a time. But we scratched and clawed and 1 bottle at a time we slowly built DorWood to where it is today. Everything we do here is hand done. From building all the interior structures to zesting our lemons to silk screening our 1st bottles. It is truly a passion! We are always looking for something new and different and always the best it can be.
The last 5 years have been an incredible time in our lives. I have had more fun than I can remember. Besides the love of making Specialty Spirits and coming up with new cocktail ideas the next thing I love the most is meeting all of our new friends who become family. Having a place in the Valley where you are always welcomed. So now we have our Distillery and Tasting Room which is more like my Living Room for everyone to enjoy and hopefully get rid of the stress from work, traffic and just life in general. We want to immerse you into our world of Craft Spirits and cocktails at DorWood. See, smell, taste and learn what we do every day.
Each of our award-winning craft spirits have a singular identity. Our Vodka is made from locally grown Estate Wines and is filtered through coconut shell charcoal for a level of creamy sweetness, sure to delight. Our Vodka is also the base for our Gin and Limoncellos.The Limoncellos are not a syrupy drink like most Cellos are and higher alcohol. The Gin is made from 9 hand selected citrus, botanical and floral notes. We like to call our White Hawk Malt Whiskey an American Texas Irish Scotch Whiskey. Yes, that’s a mouthful, but our unique blend of techniques will have you calling it whatever you want, and asking for a refill. Our Agave is grown and harvested in Jalisco Mexico then sent to the distillery where we ferment it and distill it 3 times to make and incredibly smooth award winning Agave Spirit.
At DorWood Distillery
"We don't do Tasting, we do Experiences"
So come on by and have your own Experience. We look forward to everyday to who we meet and what it might bring to our Journey. Live life to its fullest and experience everything possible.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.