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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sierra Madre Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
Sierra Madre Vineyard is located in the Santa Maria Valley, part of the south Central Coast of California. The first vines at Sierra Madre were planted in 1973, however, the entire vineyard was replanted to the latest rootstock and clonal selections in 1998. 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, occurs in the winter. 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. Of note, geographically, the vineyard is located at 34 degrees latitude and receives a lot of bright Southern California sunlight.
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.