Big Basin Vineyards was founded in 1998 in the Santa Cruz Mountains next to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, with a new winery building completed in 2003. Proprietor and wine maker Bradley Brown sources his wines from three Estate Vineyards - Rattlesnake Rock, Old Corral Block and Homestead Block. All of the Estate vineyards are planted to Alban Selections on steep hillsides with mudstone and shale soils - 7 acres of Syrah, 2 acres of Grenache and 1 acre of Roussanne - and are farmed organically. Additionally, Bradley works closely with Coastview Vineyard located at 2400 ft on a mountain top in the Gabilan Mountains overlooking the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay (several miles due south of Mt. Harlan). He has contracted with the vineyard to purchase Syrah planted in 1998 and to bud over certain sections of the vineyard to Pinot Noir and Grenache (in 2008) and plant a new block to an Alban selection of Syrah. This vineyard is also farmed organically and managed according to Bradley's direction. Beginning in 2006, Big Basin started making Pinot Noir sourced from the Santa Cruz Mountains. As of 2009, Big Basin is making three different single vineyard Pinots from the Santa Cruz Mountains (Alfaro Family, Lester Family and Woodruff Family Vineyards), plus the Pinot from Coastview Vineyard in the Gabilan Mountains.
Best known for Syrah, but also makes Pinot Noirs and blends.