Site Wines produces two white wines and three red wines. The grapes for the wines of Site come from two distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVA) within Santa Barbara County, Ballard Canyon and Santa Maria Valley. Ballard Canyon is a small but superior grape-growing region just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It’s measurably warmer and less windy than neighboring wine-growing regions in Santa Barbara County, thanks to its north-south orientation within the surrounding hills. Santa Maria Valley, about 30 minutes north, has no such protection from the ocean, and effectively funnels wind and cool weather directly from the Pacific, which lies just 20 miles away.
Larner Vineyard is located at the southern edge of Ballard Canyon. The 134-acre estate is planted to 34 acres of vines, all south-facing, with Viognier comprising just 2.5 acres. The soils here are sandy and exceptionally well-drained, with a deep bed of limestone underneath.
From Larner Vineyard Site sources viognier, syrah and grenache wine grapes.
Stolpman Vineyards is a 220-acre estate planted to 152 acres of south-facing grapes, an organic vegetable garden, and 5 acres of olives. Roussanne comprises 15.3 acres. Stolpman farms its 152 acres of grapes organically and with no irrigation.
Site sources roussanne grapes from Stolpman Vineyards.
Bien Nacido Vineyards
Bien Nacido Vineyards, in Santa Maria Valley, is one of the coolest growing sites in Santa Barbara County, with the Pacific Ocean a nearly constant presence. The property has been owned by the Miller family since 1969 and is farmed by the redoubtable Chris Hammell. The soils here are Los Osos clay loam.
Site sources Syrah from Bien Nacido Vineyards.