California, USA

At a Glance
  • Bob and Jim Varner are best know for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir they produce under the Varner label, but Foxglove has become one of the great value labels made in California
  • The Foxglove wines are selected from several sites located in the Central Coast and are made with the same care and dedication as the Varner wines
  • The warm climate and ocean influence create wines that burst with fruit but have plenty of vibrancy and freshness.  The use of oak is minimal and the Chardonnay is non-malolactic
  • While Chardonnay is the best know varietal from Foxglove, the Cabernet and Zinfandel have slowly gained an equally strong following

At the core of Foxglove are brothers Bob and Jim Varner. The brothers rose to prominence in the 80’s as farmers and winemakers at their first venture, Varner Wines, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.  It was here that their talents for producing high quality, transparent, terroir driven wines were heralded by critics. They worked the Spring Ridge Vineyards site until they made the difficult decision to say goodbye to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2014

In 1991 Bob and Jim introduced Foxglove wines.  They wanted to create another label that was more focused on value and everyday drinking wines as opposed to the premium and cellar worthy wines they had always made. The Foxglove line-up includes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. All sourced from a variety of places, all of which are along the Central Coast. Mild winters, cool, foggy summers, and clay-loam soils produce a combination of flavors that have been described as "textbook Central Coast." The three wines are unoaked to preserve freshness of each varietal. They are produced in steel tanks, which showcases a different minimalism approach.  Bob and Jim continue to receive accolades for the their winemaking as several critics and magazines consistently recognize Foxglove wines for their tremendous value and quality.