Our Story

Pinot & Sparkling Wine Without Pretense

Ageworthy wine since 2000

Our Story

January Wine Specials

Our second label, YNOT?, is our affordable and tasty every day drinking wine. We're showing you even more love to help get you through January with 25% off/bottle or 30% off/case. 

2017 YNOT? Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 
92 pts Editor's Choice Wine Enthusiast
regular retail $28     
special price $21/bottle or $235.20/case

2018 YNOT? Chardonnay Santa Barbara County
regular retail $26
special price $19.50/bottle or $218.40/case

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R&R for Reflection

R&R in Panama gave us time for reflection on the close friendships that often evolve with wine club members: Friends hosted us for 12 days on their 43' luxury yacht. Neighbors/friends hosted Cooper. Neighbors/friends introduced us to family in Panama City. A friend offered us his Hilton "Friends and Family" benefits. Another ran the tasting room. Others of you purchased wine. We are grateful for all of you! 

2000

First Vintage of Flying Goat Produced

Winemaker Norm Yost launches his own wine label, Flying Goat Cellars.

2002

First Pinot Noir Released

We introduce our first wines at Santa Barbara County Vintners Festival and launch website/newsletter.

2005

First Goat Bubbles and Pinot Gris Produced

We produce our first vintage of Goat Bubbles Rosé and Pinot Gris, Nielson Vineyard.

2007

Awarded Best in Class and Sweepstakes Winner

We win Best in Class & Red Sweepstakes winner at the 2007 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for our 2005 Flying Goat Pinot Noir, Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard.  

2007

First YNOT Pinot Noir Produced

We launch our second label for Pinot Noir, YNOT, from Santa Barbara County vineyards.

2008

Winery Purchased & Tasting Room Opened

We purchase production space at Crown Laurel and open a Tasting Room in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.

2010

Kate Joined the Team

Kate Griffith marries Norm Yost and their partnership evolves into a family of wines.

2011

Club Celebrate and new Goat Bubbles Label Launched

Club Celebrate, the first sparkling wine club in Santa Barbara County, offers exclusive membership for méthode champenoise Goat Bubbles. New Goat Bubbles label designed by Mark Oliver.

2015

Fifth expression of Goat Bubbles released

Goat Bubbles offers five expressions of méthode champenoise sparkling wines. Every bottle is hand riddled, disgorged, waxed and labeled with love.

2019

Flying Goat's 20th Harvest

Norm Yost celebrates his 20th harvest with Flying Goat Cellars.

March 2020

COVID Safety Guidelines in Place

Flying Goat implements COVID safety guidelines so our 20th anniversary passes without celebration.

January 2021

Flying Goat Turns 21 & Finally Legal to Drink!

Flying Goat turns 21 and is finally legal to drink our own wine! We are celebrating all year.

February 2022

Face Mask Mandate Lifted

Face mask mandate lifted. Come enjoy our Tasting Room, indoors or on the patio, without masking up.

Our Brands

We offer three unique brands for your specific preferences.

Our People

Meet the Flying Goat team.

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