News & Media
We are proud to be the topic of many conversations and an organization that is embraced by the media. Below you will find the latest news, our press kit, and more. Feel free to contact us if you are looking to engage a story about McClain Cellars.
Growth Plans: We are constantly growing and seeking new locations. We currently have 4 locations and 2 more under construction in Southern California. Plans are in motion to expand into San Diego, Los Angeles, Temecula, and other areas throughout California.
Founder/Proprietor: Jason McClain
Head Winemaker: Dean Guzman
Director of Operations: Jillian Howison
Services Manager: Whitney Chapman
Founded: July 2016
DTC Production: 7k cases
Custom Crush: 20K cases
No. of Staff: 25+
Varietals: 31 Wines
Locations: 4 Tasting Rooms
Sole Black Owned Winery in Orange County and Central Coast Helps a Different Charity Every Month Through “Wine Flights”
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Jason McClain, Founder, and Proprietor of McClain Cellars, the only black-owned winery in Santa Barbara and Orange Counties, is helping communities to give back through award-winning wine flights.
McClain Cellars Opens New Game Room in its Buellton, Ca Tasting Room
BUELLTON, Calif., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Nationally renowned business builder and vintner, Jason McClain opened doors to a new game room within his Buellton, Ca Tasting Lounge in April. Located on Industrial Way, the Buellton location is home to a luxury wine tasting lounge, a 5000 square foot outdoor patio, and offers over 20 different wines on the menu. McClain Cellars added arcade-style games, a pinball machine, foosball table, pool table, three flatscreen TVs, and dart boards to enhance the entertainment experience.
Endorsed by Iris Redeau, Winemaker
June 2022 – Endorsed by the 1st Woman of color to own a winery and a vineyard in the United States of America, Iris Rideau, founder of Rideau Winery & Vineyards, Santa Ynez, CA.
Featured by Chase Marriott Bonvoy Card
December 2021 – Featured by VOX Media promoting Solvang, CA for the Marriott Chase Bonvoy Credit Card.
National Media Coverage
Featured by NBC's 1st Look
January 2022 – Showcased as a Nationwide feature on NBC’s 1st Look with Johnny Bananas after Saturday Night Live. Highlighted our Solvang & Buellton locations.
Founded on Family Values
McClain Cellars has 4 wine tasting rooms across Southern California in Laguna Beach, Solvang, and Buellton. It is the only black-owned winery in both Santa Barbara and Orange County. All locations are “hip” modern industrial luxury tasting lounges that are a cross between a New York “Soho” music venue and a “Napa Valley” tasting venue. Featuring crisp whites, smooth reds, and creative blends, McClain is constantly creating 90+ point wines. The brand’s focus is on the experience, the story behind the wine and the joy the guest engages when visiting one of the locations.
Excellence at any Cost
The Fastest Growing Winery
We have no limits when it comes to growing our brand. Our goal is to make the name “McClain” one of the best brands in the world. WE DO NOT WHOLESALE our wines. We are one of the only medium production wineries in the state that focus entirely on a “Direct-To-Consumer” (DTC) business model. We want our guests to experience the very best that we have to offer. To do that our wines are only available at our wine tasting lounges, online, or through our wine club.