Tucked behind the coastal mountains of Santa Barbara County, lies the bucolic Folded Hills. Our microclimate is less wind-exposed than Santa Rita Hills and not as warm as Ballard Canyon. Together with local viticultural legend, Ruben Solorzano, we walked the property to find the ideal spot to plant our vineyard.
Studying the climate and investigating the soils, our team chose a special selection of Grenache and Syrah cuttings uniquely suited to grow cool climate, Rhône varieties. Carefully preserving the natural beauty and health of the property, we tucked our vineyard between a stand of oak trees and the natural forest.
Each variety is established in its own perfect aspect to the sun. Because Grenache prefers a bit more warmth and the Syrah a bit less, the Grenache vines enjoy a more southerly exposed hillside. A daily cooling breeze from the Pacific Ocean comes through the canyon to the south bringing with it freshness and mouthwatering acidity.
On the valley floor, close to Nojoqui Creek, which feeds the land during winter rains, we planted a collection of Rhône whites. The site is ideal for capturing crisp freshness with vibrant flavors.
Ruben farms our vineyards organically. We wouldn’t do it any other way. He works with our ranch manager, Zack, and our farming team to ensure thoughtful, patient adaptation to the vines’ own needs. Additionally, we prune, plant and harvest according to the lunar calendar to respect the natural rhythms of the vines. In winter, we enjoy a vibrant cover crop of mixed legumes. All together our goal is quality born from respect for the land and the forefathers that have walked this path before us.
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