Vineyard

Our 220-acre property, of which 152 acres are currently planted to grapes, lies on three major limestone ridgelines located just north of Santa Barbara on California’s Central Coast. 

By implementing revolutionary viticultural techniques, we push our dry-farmed limestone vines to unprecedented levels of quality.  Withholding water results in tiny, concentrated grapes and extremely low yields, while the Ballard Canyon microclimate of heat spikes, wind, and cold nights create intense wines with natural balance.

Limestone soils create structure and acidity in all of Stolpman Vineyard’s varietals.  All grapes are picked in the cold of pre-dawn hours to ensure a fresh fruit profile.  Our goal is to make complex wines worthy of meditation, yet pristinely balanced to pair with food.

The team refuses to cut corners in the vineyard, and the dedicated work of our full-time crew La Cuadrilla ensures that every vine is cared for by hand.  Our goal is to vineyard craft wines so they can be made naturally, with little to no manipulation needed in the winery.

Stolpman Vineyards is proud of its devotion to Organic Farming. 

Every wine we produce reflects the unique terroir of Stolpman Vineyards.  Both to maintain the highest wine quality possible & to be custodians of our land, we are dedicated to Organic farming.  While it is more convenient to use herbicides and pesticides, we believe that for the ­long term, the vines are healthier within a naturally diverse ecosystem.  Stolpman Vineyards also promotes bio-diversity with over 50 acres of fallow space, an organic vegetable farm, olive trees, owl habitats and the use of varying cover crops every year.    

Perhaps the most important practice is that of Dry Farming. 

For the first five years of a vine’s life, we irrigate in order to let the trunk and roots grow.  We then wean the plant from irrigation over the next 1-2 years.  After that, we do not water our vines to force them to fight for nutrients and moisture.

We’ve found that the vines have a memory of years past, and soon begin to self-regulate the size of their crop.  By naturally yielding fewer grapes, each vine pours all of its energy into ripening concentrated, vibrant, undiluted and balanced grape clusters.


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