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Our Co-fermentation Philosophy

A bottle of CrossHatch Wines "Depth" in front of old world tiled steps (black and white)

CrossHatch wines are truly one of a kind.

Every bottle from CrossHatch Winery is handcrafted as a co-fermented blend sourced from Santa Barbara County vineyards. A small production winery, only 1000 cases are produced each year.

It began with the idea of cross hatching––an artistic technique that uses closely spaced intersecting lines to create shading, definition, and form in a drawing.

We took this technique and adapted it into the winemaking process by harvesting multiple varietals on the same day, then crushing and fermenting them together. This elevates and creates flavors in the wine that would not have existed otherwise. Some of the best and oldest wines in the world are made this way, and the microclimates of Santa Barbara add another rich layer that distinguishes our wines from any other. 

History of CrossHatch Winery

Grapes, coming out of the pick bin during the winemaking process

CrossHatch was created in 2011 by winemaker Ryan Carr. After making only single varietal wines for eleven years, Ryan wanted to try something different. He and his wife Jessica came up with the idea for CrossHatch, inspired by the classic form of art. 

The labels were inspired by antique winemaking equipment. Local Santa Barbara artist Thomas Van Stein used the crosshatch technique to draw each label and capture the spirit of the wine.

In 2020, the CrossHatch tasting room relocated from Solvang to Santa Ynez.

In 2023, Michelle Vautier was invited in as the new owner. Founder Ryan Carr continued on as head winemaker and is training Michelle in this craft so she can preserve the essence of CrossHatch while infusing it with her own deep passion and unique vision.

We invite you to stop by the tasting room in Santa Ynez to enjoy wine tasting, wines by the glass, and bottles to go. We look forward to sharing many bottles and memories with you!

The Team

Michelle Vautier, Owner

Michelle has been a life-long devotee to wine. Growing up in Argentina, wine was a way of life.

As she grew and traveled the world, she continued to be fascinated with the complexities of growing varietals, the connection with the earth, and the process of winemaking.

A successful leader in the financial tech industry, she felt a strong pull toward doing something that was more grounded in the land and community. In 2020, after her first full harvest she decided it was time to get serious about making the switch from wine enthusiast to winemaker and winery owner. Being a blend herself, with roots in both Argentina and the U.S., she resonates with the CrossHatch philosophy.

Michelle is grateful to be a part of the Santa Barbara County wine community, where she is dedicated to building, learning, and contributing in meaningful ways. She hopes to leave her mark as a woman-owned winery and build a legacy to pass on to her daughter.

Ryan Carr, Head Winemaker

Growing up in Southern California, Ryan always had an interest in farming, but never expected he would end up in the wine industry. After graduating from the University of Arizona with an art degree, Ryan moved to Santa Ynez Valley in California where he discovered the wine industry.

In 1998 after his first harvest and making his first wine, Ryan decided to pursue a career in viticulture. He began working in the fields pruning and planting vines with one of the local vineyard management companies and worked his way up. By 2007 he had planted over 200 acres and opened world-renowned Carr Winery where he still crafts single varietal wines.