CALIFORNIACentral Coast South


CENTRAL COAST ‘SOUTH’ IS   AVA.S- 21       @Santa Barbara

  • WHITE=   |   RED= “Almost Everything”   

GEOGRAPHY California(West-Central), REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘,  LATITUDE: 35.6° – 34.6° N

  • BETWEEN- San Luis Obispo County to Santa Barbara County, @Hw.#101
  • COUNTIES San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara
  • CITIES San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles

TOPOGRAPHY FEATURES–  Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Valley(Arroyo Grande, Avila, Edna, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez)

  • SLOPES/ Pacific Coast Range/ Coast Mountain Ranges, +Alt. 3,200 ft.

TOPOGRAPHIC EVENTS- Monterey Formation

SOILS Metamorphic, Volcanic, Sedimentary

  • Monterey Formation**Refer to Monterey County For Detailed Information.
  • Limestone Soil(One of 4 Sites In California Where Limestone is Located
  • Ancient Sea Bed(Uplifted Sea Floor With Oyster Fossils/ Mollusks)

CLIMATE Mediterranean With Maritime Influences, With Micro-Climates

  • Summers– Cool to Hot, Fog   |   Winters– Cold, Rainy

CULTURE

  • RHONE RANGERS- Group of American Wine Makers Who Grow Grape Varieties Native to the Rhone Region of France. This Non-Profit is Dedicated to Wine Education and the Promotion of American Rhone Varietals.
    • History Originally Formed In the 1987 When 16 Rhone Grape Producers Got Together In Berkley to  Discuss How to Unite This Movement.
      • Today Its Members Include Wineries, Growers, Associate and Customer Members Located In Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Michigan and Virginia.
    • PIONEERS~ ~Randall Graham~ ~Joseph Phelps~ ~Ken Brown~ ~John Macready~ ~Bill Crawford~ ~Fred Cline~ ~Bob Lindquist~ ~John Cushman~
      • …All Original Members of the Rhone Rangers.
  • ACADEMICS~  ~Allan Hancock College~     @Santa Maria, California 
    • Specialization~ Viticulture and Enology Degree Programs

GOING THERE

  • Wine Touring the Central Coast Can Be Done as a One Stop Weekend Destination or Done as a Extended Wine Tour In Which Multiple Regions or AVA. Can Be Covered Over the Course of a Long 3 Day Weekend or Entire Week. Accommodations Can Be Made In Medium Sized Cities In Which You Use Them as a “Home Base” or You Can Pick Up and Leave and Drive to Your Next Wine Destination Each Day In a Different Charming Small Town Along Your Wine Adventure.

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY      @Entire County

  • GEOGRAPHY– California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South
  • VITICULTURE– Wine Produced In “San Luis Obispo County” Non-Conforming to an AVA.

PASO ROBLES AVA.     @Paso Robles

  • WHITE= Chardonnay 5%, Sauvignon Blanc 2%, Albariño, Clairette, Falanghina, Garnache Blanc, Marsanne, Muscat/ Canelli,/ Orange,  Petit Manseng, Picardin, Picqoul, Pinot Gri, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Tannat, Traminer, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon 39%, Merlot 14%, Syrah 9%, Zinfandel 8%, Aglianico, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault, Counoise, Gamay, Garnacha, Graciano, Lagrein, Malbec, Mencia, Merlot, Mission, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tannat, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Valdiguie
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-San Luis Obispo
    • BORDERS: Monterey Country(North), Kern County(East), Cuesta Grade(South)
    • (25 Miles Long & 25 Miles Wide), 6 Miles to Pacific Ocean, LATITUDE: 35.6° ‘N’
    • BETWEEN: San Francisco & Los Angeles
    • Sub-Zones/ AVA.’s  Adelaida AVA., Creston AVA., Estrella AVA., Geneseo AVA., Highlands AVA., El Pomar AVA., San Juan Creek AVA., Santa Margarita AVA., San Miguel AVA., Templeton Gap AVA., Willow Creek AVA., York Mountain AVA.
    • COUNTY– San Luis Obispo, @Hw.#101/ #46
  • TOPOGRAPHY- FEATURESFlat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous”, On~Salinas~River~(North & South)
    • SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains(West), Cholame Hills(East)
    • On~Nacimiento/Santa Margarita~Lake~
    • West Side- West of 101, Hillsides & Canyons, +Alt.850 ft. to 2,O00 ft.
      • “Hilly/ Mountainous”, Resulting From Uplift of Monterey Formation
    • South Side- East of 101, Rolling Hills, +Alt.700 ft.-1,200 ft.
      • “Flat/ Rolling”, Estella River Plain
    • TOPOGRAPHIC-EVENTS: Monterey Shale Formation
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, Sedimentary“,  SOIL SERIES– (30)
    • Old Sea Floor, 28 Million Years Ago
    • Clay, Limestone, Sandy, Silty, Loams, Gravel, Calcareous Shales, Sandstone
    • Calleguas(Well Draining Clay-Loam),  Calodo(Calcareous Shale & Sandstone)
    • Danville(Sandy-Loam),  Linne(Shale, Sandstone, Clay-Loam), Nacimiento(Silty-Clay-Loam)
  • CLIMATE- Continental With Micro-Climates”,  +RAIN/ 15 in.-30 in. /yr.
    • +Diurnal Shifts(+45°). High to +100°
    • GAP/ Templeton Gap– Air Flowing In From the Pacific Following Huer Huero Creek
  • VITICULTURE- 614,000 ac./ 30,000 acPlanted
    • CHALLENGES– Wild Boars
    • Estates/ Producers-(Others Not Listed In AVA.)- Ayden Tyler
  • HISTORY- 1930 First Zinfandel Vines Planted
    • 1960 & 1970’s @Paso Robles– First Cabernet Sauvignon Vines Planted.
      • By Dr. Staley Hoffman & Andre Tchelistcheff
    • 1980’s  @Paso Robles– Large Scale Wineries Start to Be Built.
    • 1983 @Paso RoblesAVA. Officially Establihed
    • 1990’s @Paso Robles– Rhone Varietals Start to Be Planted In Vineyards.
  • CULTURE-  ~Etymology~ Originally Named El Paso de Robles AKA=The Pass of the Oaks.
    • PIONEERS~ ~Gary Eberle~ Original Planted Syrah, Lead Petition For Paso Robles AVA..
      • ~Jerry Lohr~ “Paso Robles”, 1980, Recognized Potential For Bordeaux Varietals.
    • ASSOCIATIONS~ ~Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance~
      • Mission~ Non-Profit Trade Association Aiming to Strengthen Awareness and Attract Wine Enthusiasts to Paso Robles.
    • ASSOCIATIONS~ ~Paso Robles CAB Collective PRCC.~
      • Mission~ Members Aim to Produce Not Only High-Quality Wines But Also Expressions That Wholly Embody Their Unique Piece of Paso Robles.
  • GOING THERE
    • WINE SQUARE~  ~Paso Robles Square/ Downtown ~ Tasting Rooms, Plus, Breweries, Restaurants, Other
      • D’Anbino, Asuncion Ridge, Copia, Derby, Justin, LXV., Tudor
    • WINE SQUARE~ ~Tin City~ Tasting Room Complex In Former Warehouse/ Industrial Structure Nestled Amongst the Oaks Where Friends, Adventurers, and Aficionados Come Together to Partake in Craft Wine, Beer and Spirits Served Up By Paso Robles’s Most Passionate Artisans.
      • Wineries– Aaron, Al Lago, Benom, Desperada, Fableist, Field Recordings, Giornata, Jacob Toft, Levo, Powell Mountain, Sans Leige, Wine Shine
    • FESTIVALS~ ~Wine Speak~ (January)
      • ~Rhone Rangers(February)
      • ~Paso Robles CAB.”Cabernet and Bordeaux“~ (April/ Paso Robles)
      • ~Garagist Wine Festival~ (November/ Paso Robles)
    • MUSIC/ CONCERT~ ~Vina Robles Amphithéâtre~ See a Concert at Night After Wine Tasting.

Western Hilly Area

ADELAIDA AVA.     @San Miguel

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Clairette,  Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Picqoul, Roussanne, Petit Mansing,  Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Garnacha, Malbec, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tannat, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, @Hw.#101(West)
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(North-West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Hilly/ Mountainous/ Valley/ Terraced, On~Tablas~Creek~/ On~Nacimiento~Lake~(Near)
    • SLOPES/ San Lucia Mountains, +Alt.900 ft.-2,200 ft.(Vines to 2,000 ft.),  +ASPECT/ to 60°
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary
    • Calcareous, Clay-Silt, Loam-Shale, Sandstone, Chalk, Limestone
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences, Cool Afternoon Coastal Air.
    • +Diurnal Shifts(40°-50°), +RAIN/ 25 in. /yr.
  • VITICULTURE- 53,342 ac./ 979 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Adelaide*, Barton, Brecon, Calcareous, Carmody McKnight, Daou*, Dubost, Halter Ranch*, Hammer Sky, Justin, Kukkula, Law, Lone Madrone, Rangeland, Paix Sur Terre, Parrish Family(E.), Sixmile-Bridge, Starr Ranch, Tablas Creek*(E./ Collaboration/ Beaucastel), Thacher, Tolo, Villa Creek, Whalebone*, Wild Coyote
    • Vineyards- Alta Colina, Anna’s, Bobcat Crossing, Calcareous(1.5ac.), Danger Zone, Gean Ranch, Glenrose, Halter Ranch, Michael’s, Rancho San Ignacio, Surf Song, Tom Colburn(7 ac.), Ueberroth(1885), Viking(16.5ac.)

YORK MOUNTAIN AVA.     @Paso Robles

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Clairette, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano, Garnacha, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, @Hw.#46
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(West)
    • York Mountain AVA. is Technically Not Part of Paso Robles
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly
    • SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.1,512 ft.-1,678 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean, Influence From Pacific Ocean (Near/ 7 Miles)
  • VITICULTURE- 9,350 ac./ 358 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Epoch, Ledge, Stephen’s Cellar, York Mountain

WILLOW CREEK AVA.     @Paso Robles

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsaut, Garnacha, Graciano, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, @Hw.#41(North & South)
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ MountainousOn~Willow~Creek~
    • SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.1,000 ft.-2,000 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Calcareous, Loam
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean
  • VITICULTURE- 1,162 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Allegretto, L’Aventure, Clos Solene, Denner, Dunning, Linne Calodo,  LXV., Niner, Opoch, Opolo*, Rotta, Saxum
    • Vineyards- Allegretto ‘Estate‘, Booker, Catapult, Denner ‘Estate’, Dunning ‘Estate’, Heart Hill,  James Berry, Kiler Canyon, Miracles Ranch, Paderewski, Pesenti, Rail Naps, Ueberroth, Willow Creek(40ac.)
  • GOING THERE–  ESTATE TOUR~  ~Opolo~

TEMPLETON GAP AVA.    @Templeton

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Falanghina, Pinot Gris, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(West-Central), @Hw.#101(West & East)/ Hw.#46
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Terraces, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.777 ft.-1,157 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Alluvial Terraces, Silt, Clay, Loams, Rocky
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritime Influence
    • Templeton Gap” In Coastline at Morro/ Estero Bays Allowing Ocean Air to Follow Highway #46 Corridor West to East
  • VITICULTURE- 641 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Aronhill, Caliza, Castoro*, Cypher, Dark Star, Donatoni, Donati, Dover Canyon, Dunning, Four Lanterns, Fratelli Perata, Hope Family, Hunt, Jada, J. Dusi, Niner, Red Soles, Rotta, Tooth & Nail, Turley, Peachy Canyon*, Summerwood*, Venteux, Zenaida
    • Vineyards- Aronhill ‘Estate“, Dusi, Martinelli, Whale Rock

Inland Valley Area

SAN MIGUEL AVA.     @San Miguel

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Aglianico, Garnacha, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘,  @Hw.#101(West & East)
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(North)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.638 ft.-852 ft.
    • On~Estrella/Salinas~Rivers~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, SedimentaryAlluvial Terraces
  • VITICULTURE- 1,901 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Rabbit Ridge, San Marcos Creek, Domaine Degher
    • Vineyards- Casa Grande, J. Lohr, Rabbit Ridge, Sunbelt, Wild Rose
  • CULTURE-
    • Monks & Monasteries  ~San Miguel Arcangel~ (Founded 1797 by Father Lasuen)

ESTRELLA AVA.     @Paso Robles

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, @Hw.#46(North)
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(North)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Valley, On~San Juan Creek~Tributary~Estrella~River~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Sandy-Loam, Alkaline Calcareous Base
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences
  • VITICULURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Four Sisters, Hearst Ranch, J Lohr*, RN. Roger Nicolas, San-Juliette(108ac.), Tackett
    • Vineyards- Hilltop, Home Ranch, Saunders, Seven Oaks

GENESEO AVA.     @Paso Robles

  • WHITE= ?
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, @Hw.#46(South)
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(Central)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, Uplifted Hills Along Huerhuero-La Panza Fault
    • SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.600 ft.-1,300 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary
    • Gravel, Silt, Clay, Alluvial Terraces, Alkaline Calcareous Elements
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Allegretto, Bianchi*, Brochelle, Cass(145ac.), EOS, Eberle*(38ac.), Robert Hall, Sculpterra, Vina Robles
    • Vineyards- Estrella River, Frankel, Lago de los Patos, Mill Stone, Steinbeck
  • CULTURE
    • PIONEERS~ ~Gary Eberle~ 1970, Planted First Syrah Vineyard In California.

El POMOR AVA.     @PasoRobles

  • WHITE= Riesling, Viognier
  • RED= Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘,  @Hw.#228
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(Central)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.842 ft.-1,180 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Alluvial Terraces, Loamy, Standstone
    • Linne-Calodo Soils, Arbuckle-Positas Soils
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 2,387 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- AmByth(Bio.-Dyn.), Burbank Ranch, Hansen, J. Lohr, Pomar Junction, Still Water, Vina Robles
    • Vineyards Huerhuero, Maddalena, El Pomar, Riboli, Shotwell, Stefano

Inland Hilly Area

SAN JUAN CREEK AVA.     @Shandon

  • WHITE=  ?
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Sirah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘,  @Hw.#41
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.1,153 ft.-1,192 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 2,626 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Glunz, Hearst Ranch, Red Cedar, Tobin James*

HIGHLANDS AVA.     @Templeton

  • WHITE= Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Valdiguie, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, @Hw.#58(North)
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(South-East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt. ?
  • SOILS- Metamorphic
  • CLIMATE- ContinentalWarmest/ Paso AVA., +DIURNAL SHIFTS(+35°)
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Miller Family, Thacher
    • Vineyards- French Camp, Shell Creek

Southern Area

CRESTON AVA.     @Creston

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Roussanne
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘,  @Hw.#229/ #41
    • In Paso Robles AVA.(South-East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.1,012 ft.-1,316 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Granite, SedimentaryLoams, Clay
    • Eroding Plateau at Base of La Panza Range
  • VITICULTURE- 47,000 ac./ 1,387 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- August Ridge, B. &  E., J. Lohr, Loading Chute, Margene, Olivia’s de Oro, Parrish Family, Riboli, Shadow Run, Stanger
    • Vineyards- Becks(115ac.)

SANTA MARGARITA AVA.    @Santa Margarita, Pozo

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, In Paso Robles AVA.(South)
    • Southernmost Sub AVA. In Paso Robles, North of San Luis Obispo-City(10mi.)
    • 14 Miles From Pacific Ocean
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, Higher Southern Mountain Slopes
    • SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains, +Alt.- AVA. 552 ft. – 1,811 ft., (Vines 1,027 ft.-1,198 ft.)
    • On~Lake~Margarita~, On~Santa Margarita~Creek~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Volcanic,
    • Ancient Sea Bed(Uplifted Sea Floor With Oyster Fossils/ Mollusks), Limestone, Shale, Granite, Rocky Alluvium
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Continental Influences
  • VITICULTURE- 1,318 acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers- Ancient Peaks*, Vintage Cowboy
    • Vineyards- Margarita(857 ac.)
  • GOING THERE- NON-WINE~  Zip Line of the Margarita Vineyard


The Nine Sisters

  • GEOGRAPHY– California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South
    • “Nine Sisters/ The Morros” (21 Large and Small) , Chain of Nine Volcanic Mountains and Hills Formed by Volcanic Plugs of Magna Rising Up From Left Over Congealed Lava  Vents In Western San Luis Obispo County.  These Series of Volcanic Plugs or Sisters Start In Morro Bay With Morro Rock and Run East Past the San Luis Obispo to Islay Peak In Edna Valley.
    • Morro Rock (576 ft.)   Black Hill (665 ft.)   Cerro Cabrillo (911 ft.)
    • Hollister Peak (1,404 ft.)   Cerro Romauldo (1,306 ft.)   Chumash Peak (1,257 ft.)
    • Bishop Peak (1,559 ft.)   Cerro San Luis (1,292 ft.)   Islay Peak (775 ft.)

SAN LUIS OBISPO COAST AVA. (Un-Official)    @San Luis Obispo

  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-San Luis Obispo
    • Sub-Zones/ AVA’s- Avila Valley AVA. (Un-Official), Edna Valley AVA, Arroyo Grande AVA., Pismo Beach
  • TOPOGRAPHY- FEATURES– “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Avila, Edna)”
      • Santa Lucia Mountains(In North-East)
      • San Luis Mountains(In South-West)
      • Gaps- Morro Bay Gap, Los Osos Bay Gaps
    • TOPOGRAPHIC EVENTS
      • Coast and Soils Formed 17 Million Years Ago From the Tectonic Collision of the Pacific Plant and the Continental
  • CLIMATE- Maritime WithMediterranean Influences
    • Fog Rolls Into San Luis Obispo From Morro Bay In the North, and Arroyo Grande In the South.
    • Morning Fog Burning Off Leaving Late Morning/ Afternoon Sun.
    • Coolest Grape Growing AVA. In State.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary“, “Volcanic
    • Marine Shale, Fossilized Shells, Sandy Loam, Clay, Volcanic Deposits
  • VITICULTURE- 408,000 ac./  5,000 acPlanted, CHALLANGE/ Leaf Roll Virus
    • Sustainability In Practice– (SIP.) The Majority of Wineries Focuses On Sustainability.
    • Estate/ Producers-
  • HISTORY- Wines Plated Since 1973
  • CULTURE-
    • Monks & Monasteries ~Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa~ (Founded 1772)
    • ASSOCIATIONS~  ~SLO. Coast Wine~
      • MissionWith Just 30 Members Wineries Averaging Only Five Miles From the Coast, We Invite You to Thoroughly Explore the Cool Climate, Handcrafted Wines of the SLO Coast.
    • ACADEMIC~ ~University of California San Luis Obispo~
      • Specialization~ Distinctive Interdisciplinary Major In Wine & Viticulture.

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EDNA VALLEY AVA.     @Edna

  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grunner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
    RED= Garnacha, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo, Teroldego, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘, COUNTY-San Luis Obispo
    • In San Luis Obispo Coast AVA., South of San Luis Obispo-City(2mi.)
    • @Hw.#227/ Orcutt Rd./ Biddle Ranch Rd.
    • BORDERS– Arroyo Grande AVA.(South), SUB-ZONES-Valley Floor, Hillsides
  • TOPOGRAPHY FEATURES–  “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Edna/ Semi-Treverse)”
    • SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountains +Alt. 238 ft. – 480 ft.
    • On~Coast/ Pacific~Ocean~(Near/ 8mi.), On~Lake Lopez~(Near)
    • VOLACNISM~  Islay Peak Volcano
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary”, “Volcanic

    • Calcareous Clays, Marimel Sandy Clay, Black Humus
    • Valley Floor– Clay   |   Hillsides– Sandstone, Clay Loam, Shale
  • CLIMATE- Marine With Mediterranean Influences
    • Morning Fog Burning Off Leaving Late Morning/ Afternoon Sun.
    • Cool Marine Air From Los Osos/ Morro Bay Area.
    • *Generally– Considered Central Coast ‘South’ Coolest Wine AVA.
  • VITICULTURE- 3,000 acPlanted, CHALLENGE/ Leaf Roll Virus
    • Estate/ Producer Alban(E./ 25ac.), Alfred, Autry, Balieyana, Biddle Ranch, Center of Effort(E./ 121ac.), Chamisal, Clairborne & Churchill, Edna Valley*, Kynsi, Niven Family*(Produces… Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth), Sextant, Stephen Ross, Saucelito Canyon, Tolosa*(150ac.), Wolff(E./ 161ac.)
    • Vineyards Bee Sweet, Chamisal, Edna Ranch Oceanside(96ac.)/ Mountainside(439ac.), Firepeak(111ac.), Greengate Ranch(76ac.), Hollister, Jack Ranch(262ac.), Monighetti, Moretti Canyon(63ac.), Odyssey Thurlestone(120ac.), Oliver’s(36ac.), Righetti Ranch, Paragon(700ac.), Poletti, Salaal Flats(85ac.), Saucielito Cayon(HVS.), Sawyer-Linquest, Slide Hill, Stone Corral(28ac.), Stornettia, Traverse

ARROYO GRANDE AVA.     @Arroyo Grande

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Marianne, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘, COUNTY-San Luis Obispo
    • In San Luis Obispo Coast AVA., East of Arroyo Grande-City(     mi.),  @Hw.#227
    • BORDERS– Edna Valley AVA.(North/ 1 mi.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY FEATURES– “Hilly/ Valley(Arroyo Grande/ Semi-Treverse)”
    • On~Coast/ Pacific~Ocean~(Near/3.5 mi.)
    • On~Lake Lopez~(Near/   mi.), On~Arryo Grande~Creek~
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary”, “Volcanic, Diablo Clay
  • CLIMATE- Marine With Mediterranean Influences
    • Morning Fog Burning Off Leaving Late Morning/ Afternoon Sun
  • VITICULTURE- ?  acPlanted, CHALLANGE/ Leaf Roll Virus
    • Estate/ Producer- Laetitia*, Kysinky, Phanton Rivers, Talley*(E./ 159ac.)Timbre, Qupe, Zinnia
    • Vineyards Monte Sereno(3ac.), Oliver’s, Rosemary’s(29ac.) Rincon(74ac.), Stone Corral, Las Ventanas(4ac.)

AVILA VALLEY AVA. (Un-Official)   @Avila Beach

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-San Luis Obispo
    • In San Luis Obispo Coast AVA., South of San Luis Obispo-City(    mi.)
    • @Hw.#101/ San Luis Dr.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Valley(Avila)”, SLOPES/ Santa Lucia Mountain Range
    • On~Coast/ Pacific~Ocean~(Near/ 2mi.)
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean With Maritme Influence
    • Morning Fog Burning Off Leaving Late Morning/ Afternoon Sun
  • VITICULTURE-acPlanted
    • Estate/ Producer- Alapay, Avila Wine, Biddle Ranch, Croma Vera, Culton Wine Co.,  Filipponi Ranch, Kelsey See Canyon, Morovino, Peloton Cellars, Silver Horse, Sinor-Lavallee, Stolo Family
  • CULTURE- FESTIVALS~ ~Wine & Waves~ (May/ Avila Beach)

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY    @Entire County

  • WHITE= Chardonnay 35%,  Sauvignon Blanc 5%, Aligote, Chenin Blanc, Friulano, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Melon de Bourgogne, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Roussanne, Semillon, Viognier
  • RED= Pinot Noir 20%, Syrah 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 4%, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Cinsault, Clairette, Counoise, Dolcetto, Dornfelder, Gamey, Garnacha, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah, Refosco, Sangiovese, Tempernillo, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • BORDERS: San Luis Obispo County(North)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- FEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly”, SLOPES/ Transverse Ranges.
    • TRANSVERSE VALLEY– A Valley That Runs Perpendicular (West to East) to the General Strike of the Underlying Strata Which it Usually Runs. (North to South)
      • Without Mountains to Act as a Barrier the Fog and Cool Air Has an Unobstructed Past Funnel Inland and Has a Distinct Cooling Effect On the Area.
      • Santa Barbara County is Made Up of 4 Transverse Valleys.
    • TOPOGRAPHIC EVENTS–  Central Coast(South)
      • 12 Million Years Ago Pacific Plate Slipped Under North American Plate Pushing the Sea-Floor up Onto Land. An Earthquake Event Broke Off Part of Plate Around Point Conception and is Now Rotating Freely Creating Transverse Valley Starting at Point Arguello In West On the Coast and Moving Eastward.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary
    • Diatomaceous Earth, Shaley-Loam, Corralitos Loamy Sand, Botella-Clay, Limestone
  • VITICULTURE- 21,349 acPlanted
  • VINICULTURE-  Wines Produced In “S.B. COUNTY” Non-Conforming to an AVA.
    • Vineyards-(Not Located Within a Demarcated AVA.) Black Oak, Revelation Rodney’s
  • CULTURE “Monks & Monasteries” ~Mission Santa Barbara~ (Founded 1804)
    • PIONEERS~ ~Richard Sanford~ First to Plant Pinot Noir In Santa Rita Hills.
      • ~Bryan Babcock~“Prince of Pinot Noir”, On of First to Plant In Santa Rita Hills.
      • ~Rick Longoria~ Helped Santa Barbara County Wines Commercially.
    • ASSOCIATIONS~ ~Santa Barbara Vinters~
      • Mission~ To Support and Promote Santa Barbara County as a World-Class, Authentic Wine Producing and Wine Grape Growing Region.
  • GOING THERE-
    • WINE TRAILS~
      • ~Funk Zone~ Santa Barbara Area a Couple Block From Beach
        • Wineries– Car, Jaffurs, Lafond, Municipal Winemakers, Valley Project, Whitcraft
        • Tasting Rooms– Pali Wine Co., Deep Sea(On Sterns Wharf)
      • ~Presidio~
        • Tasting Rooms– Au Bon Climat, Barden, Frequency Wine, Grassini, Happy Canyon Vineyards, Jamie Slone, Silver
      • ~Other Urban Wine Trails~  La Arcada, Midtown, Summerland
    • FESTIVAL~ ~World of Pinot~ (March)(Santa Barbara)
      • ~California Wine Festival~ (July)
      • ~Santa Barbara Wine & Food Festival~ (June)

SANTA MARIA VALLEY AVA.     @Santa Maria

  • WHITE= Aligote, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Friulano, Malvasia, Melon de Bourgogne, Picpoul, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rousanne, Viognier
  • RED= Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Refosco, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara,  @Hw.#101(East)
    • BORDERS: San Rafael Mountains(North/ East), Solomon Hills(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Santa Maria/ Transvers)”
    • On~Coast/ Pacific~Ocean~(Near/ 15 Miles), On~Twitchell~Reservoir~
    • INFLUENCE/ GAP/ Santa Maria
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary, Chamise Shale/ Clay
    • Elder Loam, Los Osos Clay Loam, Macho Loam, Sorrento Silty/ Clay Loam
    • Oceana Marina– Finely Grained Sand
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estate/ Producer- AuBon Climate, Belle Glos, Cambria(E/1,600ac.), Colson Canyon(16ac.), Cottonwood Canyon, Costa de Oro, Deirberg, La Fenetre, Kenneth Volk, Rancho Sisquoc, Presqu’ile, River Bench, Qupe, Tensley
    • Vineyards Bien Nacido(300ac.)(The Captain”Block”, X “Block”), Clark & Telephone, Colson Canyon”Estate“, Ernesto Wickenden, Foxen*(E.), Garey, Murmur, Julia’s, Nelson/ Byran, Presqu’ile, Rancho Real, Runway, Sierra Madre(151ac.), Solomon Hills, Sosquoc, Tepusquet, Thompson, Tinaquaic
  • CULTURE-
    • PIONEERS~ ~Jim Clendenen~ “Rhone Ranger”, Founder of Au Bon Climat Winery.
      • ~Bob Lindquist~ Original “Rhone Ranger” and Started Qupe Winery.
    • ACADEMICS~  ~Allan Hancock College~
      • Specialization~ Viticulture and Enology Degree Programs.

**Santa Maria Images Courtesy of Delong Maps, Purchase These Maps at Delongwine.com


LOS FOXEN CANYON AVA. (Un-Official)      @

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Picpoul, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘,  COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • @Hw. Foxen Canyon Rd.
    • Between Interior Santa Maria & Santa Ynez, East End of Santa Maria Valley.
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Hilly/ Canyon(Foxen)”, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.1,400 ft.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers Andrew Murray, Curtis, Demetria, Fess Parker*(E.), Firestone*(E.), Tres Hermanas, Zaca Mesa(E.)
    • Vineyards Black Bear Block, Martini Ranch
  • GOING THERE- WINE TRAIL~ ~Foxen Canyon~ Santa Ynez

LOS ALAMOS AVA.     @Los Alamos

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Malvasia, Riesling, Viognier
  • RED= Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • BETWEEN: Santa Ynez Valley & Santa Maria Valley, @Hw.#101(E. & W.) & #135
    • Sub-Zones-  Los Alamos Flats, Alisos Canyon(East), Cat Canyon, Comasa Canyon, Palmer Canyon
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Valley(Los Alamos/ Transverse)
    • Los Alamos Valley is Between Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.
    • SLOPES/ Solomon Hills, +Alt, ?,  On~San Antonio~Creek~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary,  Botella Series Shale, Clay, Gravel, Sand
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean
  • VITICULTURE-acPlanted
    • Estate/ Producer A Tribute to Grace, Bedford*, Burnetz, Casa, Lo-Fi, Lucas & Lewellen*, Kendall Jackson
    • Vineyards Los Alamos, Kick on Ranch, Lucas & Lewellen, Sam’s, Verna’s, Watch Hill(20ac.), White Hawk

ALISOS CANYON AVA.    @Los Alamos

  • WHITE= Albarino, Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Clairette, Gamey, Garnacha, Monastrell, Syrah, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • In Los Alamos AVA.(East), @Hw.#101(East) & Alisos Canyon Rd.
    • On~Coast/ Pacific~Ocean~(Near/ 20mi.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Canyon”, On~San Antonio Creek~
  • CLIMATE-Maritime
  • SOILS-Metamorphic,   Arnold Series
    • San Andreas-Tierra Complex, Chamise Shale, Sandy Loam, Sandstone
  • VITICULTURE- 5,775 ac./ ? acPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers- Bedford, Dovecote, Martian*(E./20ac./Bio-Dyn.), Ojai Vineyard
    • Vineyards- Kunin Alisos, Martian Ranch, The Third Twin, Thompson’s, Watch Hill

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY AVA.     @Santa Ynez

  • WHITE= Arneis, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Cortese, Malvasia, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier
  • RED= Barbara, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise, Cortese, Dolcetto, Garnacha, Lagrein, Malbec, Merlot, Mission, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • North of Santa Barbara-City(    mi.), @Hw.#101 & #246
    • North of Santa Ynez Mountain Range, LATITUDE: 34.6° N
    • Sub-AVA’s- Alisos Canyon, Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon, Los Olivos, Santa Rita Hills
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Valley(Santa Ynez/ Transverse)
    • On~Santa Ynez~River~/ Santa Ynez River Basin
    • SLOPES/ San Rafeal Mountains, +Alt. ?
    • Most Significant West-East Transverse Valley Anywhere From Chile to Alaska.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary
    • Silty Clay, Limestone, Chert, Beach, Diatomaceous Earth
  • CLIMATE- “Maritime With Mediterranean” Influence
    • Cooler In Western Portion of Valley, Warmer Inland In the Eastern Interior of Valley.
      • Generally Temperature Increases 1 Degree For Every Mile From Lompoc In West to Happy Canyon In East
      • ~Sea Smoke~ Marine Layer of Fog That Seeps Into the Santa Ynez Valley Proximity to the Pacific Ocean
  • VITICULTURE- ? acPlanted
    • Estates/ Producers Brave & Maiden, Buttonwood, Carr, Gainey*, Grassini, Imagine, Kalyra, Mosby, Jurassic Park, Lincourt*, Santa Barbara*, Sunstone*(28ac.), Vincent
    • Vineyards Mosby 246, Brander, Bricco dell’Pico, Brick Barn, Cebada East/ West, Christy & Wise, Demetria, Duvanrita, Grassini, Honea, Ibarra-Young, Joughin, Lavender Oak, Rancho Cebada, Shoestring, Sori 101, Vigna della Casa Vecchia, Vincent
  • CULTURE Monks & Monasteries ~Mission Santa Ynez~
    • PIONEERS~  ~Fred Brander~ One of Earliest People to Plant Vines In Santa Ynez.
  • GOING THERE-
    • WINE TRAILS~  ~Buellton Bodegas~ Wineries, and Tasting Rooms In Industrial Area
      • Wineries~ Bonaccorsi, Carivintas, Casa Dumetz, Conway/ Deep Sea, Coquelicot, Liquid Farm, Larner, Margerum, Municipal Winemakers, The Central Coast Group Project.

**Santa Ynez Image Courtesy of Delong Maps, Purchase These Maps at Delongwine.com


STA. RITA HILLS AVA.     @Lompoc

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Barbera, Dolcetto, Dornfelder, Garnacha, Mission, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Tempranillo, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • @Hw.#246, Santa Rosa Road, In Santa Ynez Valley AVA.(West), LATITUDE: 34° ‘N’
    • Westernmost Santa Ynez Vally, Base of Point Conception, (8mi. Long & 5mi. Wide)
    • Sub-Zones- #246, Santa Rosa, Drum Canyon
    • Eastern Boundary Ridgeline Provides a North to South Natural Barrier to the Influence of the Cool Maritime Marine Layer/ 4 Miles West of Highway #101
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley/ SynclineOn~Santa Rita~Creek~to~Santa Ynez~River~
    • SLOPES/ Transverse Ranges, Hills Between Lompoc to Buellton,  +Alt.Sea Level to 1,800 ft., Vines to 550 ft.
    • North Valley– Between Purisima Hills & Santa Rita Hills,  @Hw.#246
    • South Valley– Between Santa Rita Hills & Santa Rosa Hills,  @Santa Rosa Rd.
  • SOILS- “Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary
    • Diatomaceous Earth(Fossilized Allege), Sandy Loam, Shale, Rock, Clay
  • CLIMATE- Maritime”, Pacific Ocean Influence, +RAIN/ 13 in., +WIND/ Sta. Rita Hills
    • Micro-Climate…Coolest AVA. In Santa Ynez Valley, 12-15* Cooler Than East.
  • VITICULTURE 30,700 ac./ 1,700 acPlanted
    • CHALLENGE – Powdery Mildew, Brett., Spring Frost
    • Estates/ Producers Alma Rosa, Avant, Babcock*, Brewer-Clifton, Clos Pepe, Dierberg*, Foley*, Gainey*, Fiddlehead*, Hilliard Bruce, Ken Brown, LaFond, Melville(E./120 ha.)*, Mosby, Pence Ranch, Sanford*, Standing Sun
    • Vineyards 3D, Ampelos, Arita Hills, Bentrock, Buona Terra, Burning Creek, Brewer-Clifton, Casa Cassara, Cloud 9, Clos Pepe, Courtney’s, Domaine de la Cote, Drum Canyon, Encantada, Hayes Family, Hibbits Ranch, Fess Parker West, Fiddlestix(80ac.), Francesca, Gaindy Evans, Hayer, Hilltop, Huber, John Sebastiano, LaBarge West, Lafond, Luna, Mt. Carmel, Pali, Quinta Santa Rosa, Radient, La Rinconada, Rita Crown, Sea Smoke, Sebastiano, Sanford & Benedict, Salsipuedes, Spear, Stowaway, Theresa-Noelle, Turner(21ac.), Wenzlau, Yard(18ac.), Zotovick
  • HISTORY- Vines Planted Since 1971…Sanford & Benedict
  • CULTURE-
    • ASSOCIATIONS~ ~Santa Rita Hills Winemakers Alliance~ Formed In 1997
      • Mission~ To Support the Viticulture and Enological Business Interests of It’s 47 Members, as They Relate to Grapes and Wine Form the AVA..
    • ~Etymology~ Sta. Rita Hills- “Sta”. Abbreviation is Due to the Copyright That the Chilean Wine Producer Santa Rita Has.
  • GOING THERE-
    • WINE TRAIL~  ~Wine Ghetto~  Lompoc, Collection of Small Wine Producers Working In an Industrial Communal Area With Wineries and Tasting Rooms
      • Wineries~ Ampelos, Arcadian, Bratcher, De Su Propia Cosecha, Fiddlehead, Flying Goat, Holus Bolus, Jalama, Kessler/ Haak, La Montagne, La Vie, Moretti, Pali, Palmina, Piedrasassi, Samsara, Stolpman, Taste of Santa Rita Hills, Tyler, Zotovich

BALLARD CANYON AVA.    @Ballard

  • WHITE= Sauvignon Blanc 6%, Chardonnay, Garnacha Bianco, Malvasia, Marsanne, Roussanne, Semillon, Viognier
  • RED= Syrah 40%, Garnacha 10%, Cabernet Sauvignon 6%, Cabernet Franc, Counoise, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • In Santa Ynez Valley AVA.(Central),  @Hw.#246/ Balard Canyon Rd., LATITUDE: 34.63° N
    • BORDERS: Los Olivos AVA.(East), BETWEEN– Solvang-City & Los Olivos-City
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Canyon(Ballard),  North-South Canyon
    • SLOPES/ Purisima Hills, +Alt.750 ft. -1,250 ft.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Clay, Limestone, Chalk, Careaga Sand
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean+Diurnal Shifts(+35°)
    • Influence From Pacific Ocean/ Morning Fog
  • VITICULTURE- 7,800 ac./ 600 ac. Planted,  2013 AVA. Officially Established
  • VINICULTURE- Still,  Blends
    • Estates/ Producers Beckman, Harrison Clark, Hitching Post, Kimsey, Jonata’s(84ac.), Loring Cargasacchi, Rusack*, Stolpman
    • Vineyards Dohmeyer, Fangaorne, Harrison Clark ‘Estate‘, Hinnrichs, Jack McGinley, Jonata, Jorian Hills(7.5ac.), Kimsey, Larner, Purisima Mountain(124ac.(Block 6/ 8), Ranco Boa Vista, Rusack, Saarloos & Son, Stolpman, Tierra Alta, Viejo, Williamham

LOS OLIVOS DISTRICT AVA.    @Los Olivos

  • WHITE= Chardonnay, Garnacha Blanc, Marsanne, Picpoul Blanc, Riesling, Rousanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
  • RED= Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise, Garnacha, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • In Santa Ynez Valley AVA., @Hw.#246 & #154
    • BORDERS: Ballard Canyon AVA.(West), Happy Canyon AVA.(East)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Terraces, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.400 ft. to 1,000 ft.

    • On~Alamo Pintado~Creek~Tributary~Santa Ynez~River~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary
    • SOIL SERIES–   Pleasanton Series-,  –Positas Series
    • Alluvial Bench, Orcutt Sand, Careaga Sand, Gravel Loam, Clay Loam
  • CLIMATE- “Mediterranean
  • VITICULTURE-ac. Planted,  2016 AVA. Officially Established
    • Estates/ Producers Amplify, Barber, Beckman*(E./24ac./Bio. Dyn.) Blackjack Ranch, Brander(E.), Bridlewood*(105ac.), Hampton Family, Margerum, Rablar, Valley Project
    • Vineyards Beckman ‘Estate’, Camp 4(250ac.), Cent’Anni, Colson Canyon, Coquelicot, Estrelle, Faith, Fox Family, Giff’s, Great Oaks, Margerum, Maddahi, Mario-Nello, Mesa Verde, Mirabella, Morehouse, Mormann, My Friend Matt’s, Rodney’s, Quail Grossing, Quarto Vientos,  Stage Canyon, Thompson, Valley View, Vina de Santa Ynez, White Gate, Williamson-Dore, Woodstock
  • CULTURE-  ASSOCIATIONS~  ~Los Olivos District Winegrowers Alliance~
  • GOING THERE-
    • WINE SQUARE/ DOWNTOWN~  ~Los Olivos Promenade~ 27 Tasting Rooms, Plus, Breweries, Restaurants
      • Wineries~ Artiste, Bien Nacido & Solomon Hills Estates, Ca’ Del Grevino, Crawford Family, Dragonette, Andrew Murray, Epiphany Cellars, Gainey, Koena, Refugio Ranch, Stolpman, Tensley, Waylan

HAPPY CANYON AVA.     @Santa Ynez

  • WHITE= Sauvignon Blanc
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Semillon, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • In Santa Ynez Valley AVA.(East), @Hw.#154
  • TOPOGRAPHY- “Rolling/ Hilly/ Canyon”, SLOPES/ San Rafael Mountains
    • Ancient Upland at End of Santa Ynez Valley
    • On~Santa Agueda~Creek~Tributary~On~Lake~Cachuma~(Near/ South)
  • SOILS- Metamorphic“, “Sedimentary
    • Loamy Clay, Yellow, Red Chert, Serpentine Cobbles
  • CLIMATE- Mediterranean,  +Diurnal Shifts(+40°)
    • *Generally– Considered Santa Barbara County’s Hottest Wine AVA..
  • VITICULTURE-  ?  ac. Planted,  2009 AVA. Officially Established
    • Estates/ Producers Carr, Crown Point, Desparada, Dierberg, Grassini, Margerum, Star Lane, Three Saints, Westerly
    • Vineyards 1850 Stallion, Cimarone, Crown Point ‘Estate‘, Dierberg-Star Lane, Happy Canyon, Grimm, Gorham, Grassini Family, Mcginley, McGinley/ Westerly, Le Mistral, Rossi(1ac.), Sophia’s, Tommy Town, Vogelzang(77ac.)

SANTA BARBARA HIGHLAND AVA(Un-Official)    @Cuyama

  • WHITE= Grenache Blanc, Orange Muscat, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier
  • RED= Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel
  • GEOGRAPHY- California, REGION-Central Coast ‘South‘, COUNTY-Santa Barbara
    • North of Los Padres National Forest, North of Pacific Ocean(60 mi.), @Hw.#166
    • North of Santa Barbara(33 mi.)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Cuyama), On~Cuyama~River~
    • SLOPES/ Caliente Ranges/ Sierra Madre Mountains, +Alt.2,800 ft.-3,200 ft.
  • VITICULTURE- ? ac. Planted
    • Estates/ Producers Nadia, A Tribute to Grace


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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