This vineyard could be considered the gateway into Happy Canyon. Located in the Los Olivos District AVA, its perfect microclimate provides a wonderfully long growing season. This allows the fruit to slowly mature and gives time for maximum flavor to develop in the grapes. Camp 4 vineyard is home to 19 varieties, and is known to produce some of the best Grenache Blanc in Santa Barbara County. In 1999 256 acres of grapes were planted and the first crop was in 2003. The vineyard’s name refers to the land being the fourth stop on a passage from San Francisco to Yuma, Arizona, during the stagecoach days.
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.
Located between the cool Santa Maria Valley AVA and the warmer Santa Ynez Valley AVA, this vineyard provides the best of both worlds. Los Alamos is characterized by its cool climate, intense California sunshine, and most importantly it’s sand and lime soils. This leads to intensely mineral and citrus driven Chardonnay. We source our Chardonnay on a steep hillside where the elevation is at 800 feet above sea level, quite high for Santa Barbara County! This hillside is often wind-swept, leading to the vines that struggle to ripen and have low yields. These hardy vines produce grapes with richness and concentration.
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.