Along the sinuous coastline of Central California, vineyards are cooled by ocean wind and fog that sweeps in each day from the Pacific. Our vineyards extens from the valleys of Monterey to the rolling hillsides of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, where strong daytime breezes moderate temperatures and even fog intrusions can linger well into the late morning hours. These ocean influences combine to extend the hang time on the vine, allowing the fruit to develop deeply concentrated aromas and flavors at harvest time.
Just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley stretches eastward from the Pacific, bound to the west by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Offering up one of the Central Coast’s longest growing seasons, the valley is cooled by strong ocean breezes during the day, then blanketed in a thick coat of fog at night that lingers well into mid-morning. Fruit ripens at a snail’s pace, delivering extraordinary complexity and varietal character at harvest time, balanced by fresh, juicy acidity in the glass.
Extending east from the Pacific coastline, Santa Barbara County encompasses Santa Maria Valley, Los Alamos Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills and Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. The unique east-west nature of the valleys provides a patchwork of terrain, making this one of the most diverse winegrowing regions in the world. Ocean breezes are channeled eastward by the hills and mountains that ring the region. A variety of vineyard microclimates creates a plush, complex wine.