Lieu Dit is a partnership of longtime friends Eric Railsback and Justin Willett. The two met in Santa Barbara while Eric was finishing college and Justin was just starting out making wine.
After countless bottles and many trips to France, Eric and Justin decided to start Lieu Dit in 2011. The mission was to focus solely on the varieties indigenous to the Loire Valley grown in their backyard of Santa Barbara County. They felt that the varied micro-climates and marine based soils of Santa Barbara were ideally suited to this set of grapes but were not being made with the French sensibility that makes them shine in the Loire. Their primary focus has been on Sauvignon Blanc but they are also grappling with Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Melon de Bourgogne, and Côt.