About SAMsARA Wine Co.


SAMsARA produces limited releases of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache and Chardonnay from carefully selected micro-sites within Sta. Rita Hill’s most distinctive vineyards. The resulting wines are an interpretation of the tenuous balance between the power of natural elements beyond our control and the human desire to reach perfection.

Matt Brady – Winemaker

Matt Brady was born in Fort Myers, Florida but moved West to San Diego at the age of 7. There, the landscape and the beaches captivated him. By the time he had his driver’s license, he was off-roading throughout the mountain ranges and canyons of the Southern California, and down the Baja peninsula.

As a college student at University of California Santa Barbara, he explored and fell in love with the Santa Barbara County environs and would go wine tasting on weekends and during study breaks.

In 2005, Matt joined Santa Barbara’s iconic Jaffurs Winery team and worked his first harvest in the cellar. By 2012, he had been promoted through the ranks to Co-Winemaker, and by 2015, he was Head Winemaker. Also during his tenure at Jaffurs, he worked the 2009 harvest at Two Hands, in the Barossa Valley of Australia.

When not ruminating on how to achieve balance in the vineyard and in a wine, Matt enjoys being outdoors, adventuring, and listening to a substantial catalog of The Grateful Dead’s musical oeuvre.

Joan & Dave Szkutak – Owners

Joan & Dave Szkutak fell in love with Santa Barbara Wine Country in part because it so closely resembles places they have felt deep, meaningful connections to when traveling abroad.

They love few things more than the experiences they’ve had in wine regions around the world, all because of a few common characteristics these places share: lovingly prepared foods, stunning wines made with traditional techniques, breathtaking beauty of the natural environment, and a real sense of community.

Under Joan & Dave’s stewardship, Samsara Wine Co aims to provide its guests, fans, followers and customers with the same type of rich, personal, multi-sensory experiences that they feel so lucky to have enjoyed during their travels.