The Source: Santa Barbara County
With transverse mountain ranges, close proximity to the ocean, lingering fogs, and soils that trace back to ancient earth, Santa Barbara County is a wellspring of riches for grape growing.
STORYOFSOIL has a certain love for this unique place and a desire to express that love in unexpected ways.
Extremely close to the ocean and positioned in lower elevation sits a 26 acre vineyard biodynamically farmed (Biodynamics is a whole other story of amazing; the ladybug population is singing!). Planted on pure sand, the vines struggle to find water, but the stress is worth it and leads to lovely fruit concentration and strength. The wind consistently whips through the vineyard, granting the Pinot Noir thicker skins.
A discreet 7-acre property in the heart of Los Olivos, this vineyard is dedicated solely to Sauvignon Blanc. The vines are planted east-west, bathing in the beautiful east-Valley sun from morning to night. The temperatures reach some of the most intense peaks in the area, and the cool nights afford the varietal to capture acidity. Flat terrain and full sun exposure result in exquisitely ripened & balanced Sauvignon Blanc.
GOLD COAST VINEYARD
Uniquely settled in Santa Maria Valley, north of the Santa Rita Hills, the Gold Coast Vineyard is a family owned vineyard of 30 acres. Dedicated to mostly Pinot Noir , with a few acres of Chardonnay, this vineyard is planted on sandy loam. These soils lend towards the beautiful minerality expressed in wine. Flavors are exceptionally concentrated expressing a power that is unrivaled in the central coast.
Larner Vineyard is a pioneer for Ballard Canyon A.V.A., and an old-world soul that would fit nicely in the Rhone spirit of France. This is California, not France, and Larner runs off the power of the sand, limestone and the unique Santa Ynez Valley mountain influence. The soils of 3 to 4 feet of sand are sprinkled with conglomerate hardpan, making this vineyard especially unique and ideal for growing world class Syrah.