|Harvest at Presqu'ile Vineyard
We aim for our wines to tell their own unique story of place and time, and collectively, for them to reflect the incredible diversity of the Central Coast. Aside from Pace, our small family vineyard, we source grapes from other thoughtfully farmed, coastal-influenced vineyards that span the Central Coast—working with sites as far south as Santa Ynez Valley up to the highlands of Carmel Valley.
All of the vineyards we work with are farmed using sustainable, organic, and/or biodynamic practices. These vineyards are cared for by friends and colleagues that we trust to farm with respect for our delicate earth.
The Pace (family) vineyard is located between the towns of Solvang and Santa Ynez. The vineyard is farmed organically by Ryan’s father and wine industry veteran, Randy Pace, and was planted to Syrah by the Pace family in 2001. In 2020 we planted an additional quarter acre to a field blend of multiple Syrah clones, plus small amounts of Viognier, Mourvèdre, and Petite Sirah.
This site balances ample sunshine with cooling afternoon breezes that grace the Santa Ynez Valley. The area also benefits from wide-swinging diurnal shifts in temperature, which help to retain acidity in the fruit.
Bassi Vineyard is a coastal site, located approximately 1.2 miles from the ocean near the town of Avila Beach. The vineyard is planted on marine-derived sandstone and sandy loam soils. It is farmed organically with biodynamic practices and inputs.
The clone 4 Chardonnay that we source was planted in 2001 on a south-facing hillside and is very exposed to the cool wind and fog from the Pacific. The Pinot Gris grapes used in our Pét-Nat are adjacent to the Chardonnay and were also planted in 2001.
Presqu’ile Vineyard is located on the southwestern end of the Santa Maria AVA and is therefore a very cold location with a strong influence from the ocean.
Santa Maria is a unique east/west valley, which acts as a funnel receiving all of the maritime effects from the cold Pacific. The vineyard is planted on very sandy soils and is infiltrated daily by cold fog and wind, which lengthens the growing season and allows the fruit more time on the vine to develop complexity of flavor.
The vineyard is certified organic and the Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay that we source offer expressive cool climate characteristics of the varietals.
Massa Vineyard (formerly Durney) is located in the remote highlands of Carmel Valley and sits at 1500 feet in elevation, overlooking the hills of the remote Cachagua region.
Massa's first Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted on their own roots in 1968 by the Durney family. We are lucky to source our fruit from this original 1968 block. The vineyard has been farmed using organic practices from the start, and received its organic certification in the 1980s. The vines are trained with a unique quadrilateral cordon and are own rooted, dry farmed, and planted in sandy loam and granitic soils.
Shell Creek Vineyard
Planted in 1971, Shell Creek Vineyard is among the first vineyards planted in San Luis Obispo County. The vineyard is located in the Paso Robles Highlands District and is organically farmed by the sixth generation Sinton family of California farmers. Since 2013, Daniel Sinton has been carefully overseeing the Shell Creek Vineyard and cattle of the Avenales and Canyon Ranches.
This remote vineyard sits beneath limestone cliffs featuring marine fossils after which the vineyard was named. Though located in a warmer part of the Paso Robles area, the climate also delivers wide diurnal temperature shifts that drastically cool the vines overnight.
Thanks to the unique climate and soils of Shell Creek, coupled with careful farming, we are able to produce highly expressive old-vine Chenin Blanc and Valdiguié from this site.
Cat Canyon Vineyard
Cat Canyon Vineyard was planted in 1978. The Chenin Blanc vines were planted on their own roots, and up until 2019, the wine from these vines was blended away into larger production wines. We are thrilled to be producing a single-vineyard expression from this site since 2020.
Cat Canyon is a narrow valley just outside of the town of Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County. The vineyard has sandy loam soils and also benefits from ocean-influenced weather patterns. The vineyard is certified sustainable and is in the process of converting to organic.
Curtis Vineyard is located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley along Foxen Canyon Road and is situated on a small plateau at roughly 1100 feet of elevation.
The climate is slightly warmer than some of the more coastal sites within Santa Barbara County, however, it still benefits immensely from the regulating force and influence of the ocean. The warmer climate allows for the superior ripening of Bordeaux and Rhone varietals, but still allows them to retain their acidity, due to extreme diurnal temperature shifts.
Old Oak Vineyard
The Old Oak Vineyard is part of the Paso Robles Willow Creek District and features 21 acres of organic, dry-farmed grapes of 11 different varieties. The vineyard sits above 1300 feet, and features heavily calcareous soils.
The first vines were planted in the 1970s to Zinfandel and the vineyard has since expanded to producing Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a number of Rhone varieties under ownership of the Colmar family since 2007. Among these varieties includes the Vaccarèse that we produce.
Vaccarèse is one of the rarest grapes in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, with just over 10 acres planted there. Tablas Creek brought over cuttings of the rare vine and first planted it in 2017. Shortly after, our friends at Lone Madrone planted a small amount of Vaccarèse at Old Oak and as far as we know, this is one of two vineyards in North America that grows this grape. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to explore and express this rare and unique variety.