Along the Coast
Our corner of the Central Coast starts in Santa Barbara County, fanning inland to Paso Robles and north to Monterey County. Santa Barbara County is home to wind-swept hillsides and exceptional, cool-climate fruit. Equally shaped by cooling breezes funneled in from the Pacific Ocean, Monterey County is renowned for grapes with an elegant balance of flavor and acidity. Even in Paso Robles, the warmest appellation in California, the coastal influence reaches some 25 miles inland to cool the vines, giving this region its signature warm days and cool nights.
A Hidden Gem
Los Alamos Vineyard
Our home vineyard, “Los Alamos Vineyard” rests just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, parallel to the region’s unusual east-west coastal range. The valleys carry more than wind and fog to Los Alamos. This incredibly unique vineyard—even compared to nearby vineyards—is perhaps most notable for its soil, comprised almost entirely of sand. It heats up quickly, initiating bud beak earlier than neighboring sites and affording the grapes more time to ripen before frost sets in. Extremely porous, the sand allows water to drain more rapidly, letting us curtail vine growth earlier in the season—right after berry set—which translates to smaller grape clusters with more concentrated flavor.