LE BON CLIMAT
First planted in 1998, Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat purchased 100 acres in Sisquac along the south side of the Sisquac River and directly across the Santa Maria Valley from Bien Nacido Vineyard. The Teroldego was planted specifically for his niece Marisa in 2007 on the valley floor. Surrounded by alluvial soil, this vigorous variety produced enough grapes for one barrel in 2010. In 2015 these vines, that are planted on .64 acres produced 3.5 tons.
John Belfy planted this site in 2000. This area of Ballard Canyon is known to be one of the best locations for Rhone varieties in Santa Barbara County. The soil is predominately gravely loam with bits of limestone. Ballard Canyon is a small AVA that sits between the cool and coastal AVA, Sta Rita Hills and the significantly warmer Happy Canyon AVA.