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In Santa Barbara County, the east-west orientation of the coastal mountains forms valleys opening directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows the flow of fog and ocean breezes to shape distinct microclimates, perfect for the cultivation of classic grape varietals and world class wines.
The inland flow makes the region one of the coolest viticultural areas in California. This means that the fruit has an unusually long "hang time" on the vine, allowing it to fully develop the acids, flavors and tannins needed to produce wines of distinctive character.
Yellow+Blue. When you mix the two together, you get green, as in environmentally conscious, forward thinking and committed to positive change. With the high cost of fossil fuel driving up the cost of shipping, they saw the price of good imported wines rising out of range for the average buyer. In their search for a way to lower these costs for quality-conscious wine drinkers, they found a solution that is also great for the environment. Then they got a little “greener” by partnering with organic wineries that use only traditional, natural winemaking processes. The result? Great tasting, certified organic wine that’s better for the planet and available at a great price.
Ask Steve Clifton about what makes Santa Barbara a great place in California to grow Italian grapes and he'll say that they found the climate and soil types are similar to those in Northern Italy. Another parallel is that Santa Barbara County features a unique transverse mountain range, running from east to west that funnels oceanic influence into the valleys. The Alaskan current runs along the Pacific coastline until Point Concepcion where it juts in and pushes the cold air into the valley. Morning maritime fog rolls in slowly and finally meets the warm desert air flowing from the east and the Los Padres National Forest. This climatic result is very similar to what happens in the regions of Piedmont and Friuli, except that the elements are reversed. There, the Alps send extremely cold mountain air down into the hills as the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas create a warming air that comes into the hills and valleys. This confluence of Mediterranean and Alpine air creates many microclimates that are perfect winegrape growing conditions.