Established in 2001, the Santa Rita Hills AVA is a unique growing area located in the westernmost section of the Santa Ynez Valley. The AVA covers approximately 40,000 acres (about 2,000 planted) extending from four miles west of Highway 101 at Buellton to two miles east of Lompoc on both sides of the Santa Ynez River. The northern boundaries are formed by the south-facing slopes of the Purisima Hills and the southern boundaries are formed by the north-facing slopes of the Santa Rosa Hills
The extreme nature of the Santa Rita Hills, in particular, the cold, windy climate lead to the low yields that create Pinot Noirs of great density of color, and overall intense flavor characteristics.
Our guests for this five part roundtable include 3 of the region’s most well known “vignerons”: Rick Longoria, Peter Cargassachi, and Wes Hagen. Today: how the AVA was formed, its youth, climate and topography.
Links to todays guests:
Santa Rita Hills Wine Growers Alliance: www.staritahills.com
Sponsor: The Beaches of South Walton: www.beachesofsouthwalton.com
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Click Here: Richard Longoria Winery