Winemaking

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Great wine starts in the vineyard. This is our philosophy. Our skilled vineyard management team works hard in the vineyard through each growing cycle: from pruning the vines in late winter, to shoot thinning and shoot positioning in the spring, to dropping excess fruit and engaging in canopy management in the summer, and finally, to harvesting the grapes at the absolute peak of ripeness and balance in the fall. We treat the wines with utmost respect.

Santa Ynez Valley is unique. The east-west orientation of the valley is framed by the Santa Ynez Mountains to the south and the San Rafael Mountains to the north. The Santa Ynez River, which also runs east to west, empties into the Pacific Ocean near Lompoc, funneling cool fog to the interior from the Pacific Ocean nightly.

The fog plays a key role in allowing the area to produce outstanding wines from a wide variety of grapes. The closer we are to the ocean, the more we feel the effect of the marine layer, and therefore, the cooler it is. The effect of the aspects of this climate is especially critical in Sta. Rita Hills, allowing for cool-climate grapes such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to flourish.

We are ideally located geographically. Fog tempers the summer heat, allowing for a longer ripening season, resulting in a gradual and thorough development of the flavors of the wines. Our well-drained gravelly soil is exceptionally well suited for wine grapes, allowing the vines to produce grapes with concentrated flavors.

Due to our propitious location, with excellent soils and a very accommodating climate for most varietals, we utilize the estate to produce some of the best varietals, specifically Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Sangiovese, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.

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