Alta Mesa Vineyard
Cuyama Valley - Santa Barbara County
Located in eastern Santa Barbara County in the Cuyama Valley, Alta Mesa Vineyard sits perched above Barnwood Vineyards at 3200 feet in elevation. Directly southwest of the vineyard is a close look of Cuyama Peak at 5300 feet in elevation, a feature of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and part of the Los Padres National Forest. As the crow flies, Alta Mesa is approximately 30 miles over the hills from Santa Barbara.
Planted in 2000 to 8 X 5 spacing (1089 vines per acre), this vineyard is home to 8 acres of Mourvèdre (Tablas Creek clone, 369, & 4 on 1103P & 101-14 RS) and 9.5 acres of Grenache (Tablas clone A on 1103P & 101-14 rootstock). The soils consist of decomposed granite and clay loam with large rocks of schist, quartzite, basalt, and gneiss. There is a massive swing of daily temperatures that is very beneficial to the growing of these grapes, most often a 40 -50° difference between day and night. Daytime high temperatures are lowered by the arrival of cooling breezes from the north at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon.
Fruit from Alta Mesa is shared with other prominent wineries like Core Wine, Ojai Vineyard, Sine Qua Non Winery, and Ethan Wines, from Ethan Lindquist, son of Bob Lindquist of Qupe Winery.
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