All of the hard work that is done in the vineyard each year lays the foundation for an opportunity to make a special wine.
The cool coastal regions of Santa Barbara County present us with the possibility to make wines in a style that we like to drink: wines with freshness, seamless texture and a delicious fruit profile.
Our home “estate” vineyard that we planted in 2014. This vineyard is our dream come true, a small hillside that was once a cow pasture and is now a world class vineyard.
Location: At the extreme western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation lies Sweeney Canyon, home to some of the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
Vines: CCOF certified organic and planted in 2014 with 3 acres of Pinot Noir (Swan, Mt. Eden, Pommard, 115 and 667), 1 acre of Chardonnay (Mt. Eden and 76) and 1 acre of Syrah (planted with a mish-mash of 5 clones).
Soil: Very thin white soils on the top of the vineyard with diatomaceous earth at the surface progressing into heavier alluvial and clay soils in the middle and bottom blocks.
Location: Located in the northern part of Santa Barbara County, cool foggy mornings give way to breezy afternoons and ample sunshine. While Bien Nacido is most well known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay many varieties excel there including Syrah and Roussanne.
Vines: Planted in 1997 for Qupé winery these are some of the oldest Roussanne plantings in the county. This is a relatively cool climate site for Roussanne which lends to the wines fine acidity and texture.
Soil: There is a great diversity of soils at Bien Nacido ranging from shaley loam to lighter sandy soils. The block of Roussanne is mid way up the slow and has a lightly textured loam soil that drains well.
Vines: Planted in 2005, we have two blocks at Sebastiano. Clone 383 which goes in the “regular” white label Holus Bolus and the the Alban clone that is planted without any rootstock and goes into the Franc de Pied bottling.
Soil: A mix of clay loam with bit of limestone scattered throughout. Not an overly vigorous site when farmed properly.
Vines: We work with the Syrah clone 470 at Presqui’lle. An early ripening clone which is advantageous at this cool and windy site.
Soil: These vines are planted on the remnants of ancient sand dunes, its a bit like walking on the beach! These are very well drained, low vigor soils.
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