Awed and inspired by a perfect convergence of soil, microclimate, wind and sun, Tom Beckmen purchased a stunning, unplanted 365-acre hillside property overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley in 1996. This land would soon become Purisima Mountain Vineyard, possessing all of the necessary elements to produce world-class Rhone varietals. With elevations reaching 1250 feet, the initial planting and farming of Purisima Mountain Vineyard represented one of the most ambitious hillside vineyard endeavors in the history of the Santa Ynez Valley. Hillside vineyards are not easy to farm, but for Tom and Steve Beckmen, the rewards that come from the exceptional fruit that they yield are definitely worth it.
We are located in Ballard Canyon…. the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. The perfect union of soil, wind and sun in this, our unique microclimate, justify the complexities of our high elevation hillside vineyard planting.
Jonata is 600 acres of gorgeous, golden hills; eighty of which were meticulously selected based on their unique microclimates and soil profiles, then divided into more than fifty blocks and sub-blocks – each matched with different rootstocks, clones and planting densities – to provide winemaker Matt Dees with the broadest palette from which to blend the distinctive wines of Jonata.
Jorian Hill Vineyards™ produces exceptional small-lot, estate-grown wines using the meticulous techniques of France’s Rhône Valley and according to the best winemaking traditions of California.Offering premium Rhône varietals including a 2010 Syrah and 2010 BEEspoke (Rhône blend), owners Gary and Jeanne Newman and their family are proud to create wines with the care, the joy and the keen focus on excellence that are the hallmarks of Jorian Hill.
Under the direction of famed vineyard manager Ruben Solórzano (AKA ‘The Grape Whisperer’), Kimsey is densely planted, meticulously farmed, and is quickly proving to be an optimal Syrah growing site.
Larner Vineyard is a small, family-run vineyard located at the heart of the best grape-growing region in Santa Barbara: Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley. Founded by Stevan and Christine Larner in 1997, the property is managed today by a second generation of Larners. Michael and his wife Christina Larner live onsite and Monica Larner returns regularly from her adopted home, Italy. The 134-acre ranch is planted to 34 acres of vine, including Rhône varieties Syrah, Grenache. Mourvedre and Viognier. As a small tribute to Italy, the Larners also have one block of Malvasia Bianca.
Rusack handcrafts wines that have become known around the world for their striking elegance, robust yet silky fruit, and seductive finish – reminiscent of the rolling hills of Ballard Canyon at dusk. Established in 1995 by the husband and wife team of Geoffrey Claflin Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack, the forty-eight acre Ballard Canyon estate is planted with seventeen acres of grapes. Syrah and Sangiovese, the two varietals that initially drew the world’s attention to Ballard Canyon, make up approximately half of the vines. Interspersed with these are smaller blocks of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Petite Sirah. Additionally, several rows of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot are grown for blending into our renowned “Anacapa”, a Bordeaux-style red blend.
SAARLOOS&sons wines were never meant to be available to the public. We started with a small 17-acre farm in hills of Los Olivos, on the only south facing hill, let alone terraced, on Ballard Canyon. Larry woke one morning to see a cool layer of fog filling the canyon, he felt the midday sun on his neck, he listened to the wind turn the windmill blades each day coming from the same direction, and then he did what every good farmer does. He waited, he watched, he felt, and he listened. Day after day, week after week, year after year. Then like a great farmer, he picked up his shovel and got to work. And get to work he did…
Over 20 years ago, our Founding Partner, Thomas Stolpman, discovered what we believe to be one of the greatest viticultural sites on earth. Hidden in the hills of California’s Central Coast, on a rare Limestone outcropping & unobstructed from the Pacific Ocean wind, this unique land is naturally suited to grow Syrah and Roussanne grapes. We are committed to preserving this natural environment for our vines through organic farming, dry farming, & sustainable employment. In the winery, we prefer native fermentation & minimal manipulation. Dedicated to sensible farming & winemaking, we believe that we can create natural, vibrant, site-specific wines, with a focus unique to Ballard Canyon AVA, California.