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EOIE Virtual Wine Tasting

August 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join EOIE for a virtual wine tasting event with founders and brothers of Waylan Wine Co. from Los Olivos, California.

“Wine is not a business you think quarter to quarter about. You think in years and decades.”

This is an exclusive EO-Member + spouses event!
Each couple will receive a gift set of wine bottles for the tasting.
Please make sure you are registered by August 17th at the latest to receive them on time!
A little background from Waylan Wine Co.:
The beginning of our bio really starts well before us. Our Dad and Uncle got into the grape farming business 22 years ago. We will very soon be entering our 22nd harvest with the goal being the same as it has been since day one, grow the best grape we can. The farming business began andoperated very similarly to how Waylan Wine Co. operates. Two brothers (our dad and
uncle) each doing what they are passionate about but working together in one
Enter Brad and Greg, founders of Waylan Wine Co, 50/50 partners, and brothers. 
Greg Saarloos: 
Greg entered college like many college students, unsure of exactly what they wanted to do in life. Going to school in Irvine, he took a job working a graveyard shift at a local brewery called The Bruery. He primarily ran a bottling line and did grunt work but it was his first time exposed to the fermentation process. A seed was planted. He “finished school” as he decided he had learned enough. Greg then moved in with his brother Brad who was living in Los Olivos. He then took a harvest position working for a family friend in Santa Maria. He came to find out that a harvest position is very demanding role in which you process grapes for 10-15 hours a day, 7 days a week for a 4 month period. The 20 pounds of weight he lost during that period was proof of the intensity. At the completion of the 4 months, he knew he would be a winemaker for the rest of his life. At 29 years old he is entering his 10th harvest. 7 in N. America and 3 in South Africa. He is self-taught from his experiences apprenticing under several winemakers. Similar to working for a chef, you see their philosophy and approach; you adopt some things and reject others. The only education in winemaking is a couple of weekend crash courses taken at UC Davis to understand the chemistry side. The front seat of his F-150 served as his hotel room during these classes. 
Brad Saarloos: 
Growing up Brad has always been interested in the financial world. He had dreams of being in Wealth Management and during high school was working several internships in Orange County while setting the course to achieve that goal. During college his cousin called him because he had just started a little tasting room in Los Olivos, he had little experience, even less money and needed some help. Brad decided to take the summer job and fell in love with the wine industry. From that point forward wine was the future. He finished college and started full time working for his cousin who’s business was small but growing rapidly. Being a part of a business from its early days and “figuring it out” was energizing. What attracted Brad to wine was not the goal to be a winemaker but rather the business side of the industry. 

Starting Waylan: 
We don’t have a “company man” bone in our bodies.Post-college as we gained experience we also gained mutual respect toward one another. We grew up as siblings but turned into brothers during this time. The town we live in has 900 residents (Los Olivos). Needless to say, there isn’t much going on at night so we found ourselves consistently drinking wine and discussing our dreams.


August 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:


EO Orange County