The Gleason Family Vineyards Santa Ynez Valley portfolio of brands (Roblar Winery and Vineyards, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard) has officially announced the launch of food service at the hospitality group’s Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, a 106-acre property in Solvang. Buttonwood’s new food menu was created by Gleason Family Vineyards Executive Chef Peter Cham, in tandem with Buttonwood’s new, proprietary Sous Chef, Lee Gottheimer.
The new Buttonwood Farm Bites Menu debuted last month and will be offered Friday through Sunday of each week. The opening version of the menu, which will expand in the coming months as the fields and orchards begin to produce spring fruits and vegetables, will lend itself to Buttonwood’s family-friendly, American farmland atmosphere.
The debut Buttonwood Farm Bites Menu features shareable starters like sweet and spicy roasted peanuts with chili powder and smoked sea salt, and jalapeño corn bread with whipped honey butter, which joins other regional U.S. favorites such as ‘Fancy’ Pimento Cheese Spread with Dungeness crab, served with Saltine crackers and pickled Fresno chili. A salad straight from Buttonwood Farm entails lettuces and shaved veggies in season, sunflower seeds, and buttermilk ranch dressing, as a nod to ranch dressing’s Santa Barbara roots. Heartier bites consist of rotating grilled cheese sandwich renditions, like a bacon version with aged cheddar, pickled jalapeño, and peach jam made from Buttonwood Farm’s most famous crop; the “Chamburger” (grass fed beef burger, caramelized onions, house pickles, American cheese); and a BBQ half-chicken with apricot barbecue sauce and Buttonwood Farm-sourced cabbage slaw.
Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, which Gleason Family Vineyards acquired in December 2021, currently comprises a 42-acre estate vineyard, onsite winery facility, tasting room and gardens, a two-acre orchard, small hop yard, and 11 acres of rotated seasonal produce. The property, founded in 1968 on a principle of sustainability, was first utilized as an equestrian operation, followed by the planting of organic fruits and vegetables, and in 1983, the initial planting of the vineyard.
Buttonwood Farm Winery and Vineyard, located at 1500 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA, is currently open daily for wine tasting experiences and bottle purchases, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Advance tasting reservations are recommended. Buttonwood’s new food menu is available Friday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. More information will be available soon, about the Buttonwood Marketplace (opening February 2023).
Roblar Winery and Vineyards, located at 3010 Roblar Avenue (at the intersection of Roblar Avenue and Highway 154) in Santa Ynez, is open daily for wine tasting experiences and bottle purchases, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Advance tasting reservations are requested. Chef Cham’s weekly lunch menus are offered Monday through Thursday, full farm menus are offered for Thursday Supper, and all day Friday and Saturday, with a brunch menu served on Sunday.