Owner and winemaker Fred Brander was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved with his family and settled in Santa Barbara, California. Fred started his career in the wine business by working for a local wine merchant, then worked in the wholesale business and eventually started his own importing company.
Wishing to make his own wines, and with a fondness for Santa Barbara, Fred established Brander Vineyard in 1975. Since inception, the Brander Vineyard has been highly acclaimed as a top Sauvignon Blanc producer. Today, the focus is still Sauvignon Blanc, with one main bottling and three distinctively different reserve wines.