Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

San Luis Obispo Small Production Urban Winery

Estate

Stone Corral Vineyard, Edna Valley

Stone Corral Vineyard is our Estate vineyard, which we planted in 2001 exclusively to several Pinot Noir clones and rootstocks covering a rolling southeast facing hillside in the Edna Valley. The Edna Valley is located in the South Central Coast of California a few miles southeast of the town of San Luis Obispo. The valley spans in an east-west orientation and is open to the Pacific Ocean to the west. It lies at 35 degrees latitude and therefore receives lots of intense sunlight from a “directly overhead” sun. The climate is strongly influenced by regular summertime afternoon cool breezes from the ocean.  SIP Certified.

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Bien Nacido Vineyards, Santa Maria Valley

Bien Nacido Vineyards are located in the Santa Maria Valley, part of the south Central Coast of California. The first vines at Bien Nacido went into the ground in 1973, and through time the site has proven to be a superb place to grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other varieties. The valley spans in an east-west orientation and is open to the Pacific Ocean to the west where regular summertime afternoon cool breezes from the ocean are borne; it is located at 34 degrees latitude and receives a lot of bright sunlight. The climate during the growing season is cool and dry, with daytime temperatures reaching 76 - 80 ºF and nighttime temperatures dropping to 55 ºF. Almost all of the rainfall, albeit scant, takes place in the winter.  SIP Certified.

Chorro Creek Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County

Chorro Creek Vineyard lies just above Chorro Creek, along the eastern base of Hollister Peak in southern San Luis Obispo County. It is located three miles west of San Luis Obispo, which puts it just outside of the Edna Valley AVA boundary, into an area with more influence from the Pacific Ocean. This is the coolest vineyard in the Stephen Ross lineup of Pinot Noirs, located just under three miles from the ocean.

Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County

This new vineyard in Price Canyon, between the southern end of the Edna Valley and the town of Pismo Beach is approximately four miles from the winery. It lies only two miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, separated by a small mountain range and covers rolling hills at the bottom of a narrow meandering canyon. The soils are sandy loam, further evidence of its close proximity to the nearby beach. SIP Certified.

Jespersen Ranch, Edna Valley

In the northwest corner of the Edna Valley, this vineyard site is three miles from the Pacific Ocean and features rolling hills and rich black silt-clay soil. The climate is Mediterranean, defined by cool dry summers, and winters with moderate rainfall.  SIP Certified.

Dante Dusi Vineyard, Paso Robles

Dante Dusi Vineyard was planted in 1945; the vines are head trained and dry farmed on well-drained gravelly soil. Located on the north side of Templeton, the vineyard is situated in the “Templeton Gap” which is a cooler part of the Paso Robles AVA. Although the vineyard is only 30 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the climate is quite warm as the cool breezes from the ocean do not reach the vineyard until very late in the day. However, summer nighttime temperatures typically go down to 50 ºF.

Bee Sweet Vineyard, Edna Valley

This relatively new vineyard is located in the Edna Valley AVA, 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and features rolling hills and Tierra series soil...deep, moderately well drained soils that formed in alluvial materials from sedimentary rocks. The climate is Mediterranean, defined by cool (75 – 80 degrees F) dry summers, and rainy winters with 20 inches of rain annually on average. SIP Certified.

Olson Ranch, Santa Lucia Highlands

Olson Ranch is located in the southern portion of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, on the west side but east facing terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, near the towns of Greenfield and Soledad, in close proximity to the cold waters of the Monterey Bay. Fogs and breezes off Monterey Bay funnel southeast, between the Santa Lucia and Gabilan ranges, creating a cool, true Region I climate.

Escolle Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands

Planted in 2008 with 100% focus on premium winegrape growing, Escolle Vineyard is in the northern part of this unique, long, and skinny AVA.  A unique AVA, with east-facing hills and benches, with ample influence from the Monterey Bay producing some delicious and sought-after Pinot Noirs.  SIP Certified.

Green Gate Vineyard

The source of pinot noir for our rosé, Greengate Vineyard is a relatively new vineyard in the southeast part of the Edna Valley. It is situated on rolling hills with dark black clay soil with small white stones.  It lies 5 miles in from the Pacific Ocean, with warm days, breezy evenings, and cool nights - perfect for crisp rosé of pinot noir.  SIP Certified.

Blind Faith Vineyard

Blind Faith Vineyard, Paso Robles AVA, is our source for the small amount of petite sirah we produce.  Planted in 1990, the terrain is steep and terraced in some sections.  Petite Sirah likes heat, and this vineyard gets plenty of it.  Blind Faith Vineyard is SIP Certified and Certified Organic.  

A note on our Flying Cloud wines.  While these wines are not vineyard designated, they are produced from either Certified Organic or SIP Certified vineyards exclusively.