“We chose the Sta. Rita Hills AVA for its unusual combination of mild climate and complex soils. It is an extraordinary spot for cool-climate varieties especially Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It also didn’t hurt that this is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.”
- Bill Foley
Sta. Rita Hills AVAThe Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County is one of California’s premier cool-climate viticultural regions. It is also one of California’s smaller AVAs with 99% of its territory falling within the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA.
Rancho Santa RosaThe 460-acre Rancho Santa Rosa estate vineyard features 230 acres of vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are maritime-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller vineyards. In fact, the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard was originally conceived as individual micro-vineyards delineated into 59 unique blocks based upon soil type, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone. Rancho Santa Rosa produces remarkably rich and silky wines.
Rancho Las HermanasThe majestic 500-acre Rancho Las Hermanas estate property features 205 acres of Pinot Noir (Lindsay’s Vineyard) and 52 acres of Chardonnay (Courtney’s Vineyard). It is a cool, rolling site that offers six distinct, limestone-based soil types. To take full advantage of the intricate terroir, Rancho Las Hermanas is planted to a combination of heritage, heirloom and other specifically selected clones.
Sustainable FarmingLike all serious wine producers, we appreciate the complex relationship between our vines and the land. We know the importance of matching the right variety to the proper climate, geology and topography. We also know that a vital, living environment has a noticeable effect on the health of the vines and the character and quality of the wines. At Lincourt, we use sustainable methods in all of our farming, winemaking and business practices.