Sanger Estate Vineyard
Welcome to The Sanger Estate Vineyard, a haven nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez wine valley, where nature and craftsmanship converge to create an environment ideal for cultivating high-end wine grapes. Our vineyard stands as a testament to the exquisite beauty and essence of this renowned wine region.
Our unique location experiences mild winters and warm summers, providing an extended growing season that allows for the nuanced development of flavors within the grapes. A significant advantage lies in the south-facing slopes of many hills, ensuring our vines receive ample direct sunlight. This advantage becomes particularly pronounced when cultivating varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah, where the need for optimal ripeness is paramount.
Situated as one of the easternmost vineyards in the Los Olivos AVA, our 25-acre expanse is meticulously planted with 13 varieties on our main vineyard. The soil, predominantly Elder Sandy Loam, plays a pivotal role in shaping the distinct character of our wines. The Elder series boasts very deep and well-drained soils, formed from alluvial material derived from mixed rock sources. This unique composition contributes to a rich tapestry of minerals and nutrients, enhancing the complexity and depth of our wines.
Off-Site Fruit Sources
Santa Barbara County and the California's Central Coast landscape, is home to numerous vineyards. Our winemaker, Brett Escalera is excited to have access to a wide array of these incredible vineyard sources.
Sanger Estate Vineyard - Santa Rita Hills
This vineyard off of Sweeney Canyon, in the cool Sta. Rita Hills AVA, offers ideal growing conditions for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines that were planted there in 2008. The site’s proximity to the coast ensures that the nights are cool, and the days are warm. The temperature shifts lead to a prosperous growing season, bringing out complex flavors and aromas in the grapes.
The Estelle Vineyard is planted in a particularly fortuitous part of the Santa Ynez Valley, and located adjacent to the Sanger Estate Vineyard. Its location allows it to benefit from elevated daytime heat levels, balanced by the cooling assistance of the ocean. A relatively young vineyard, the combination of ideal temperature shifts, and its soil composition, offer perfect conditions for vines.
La Presa Vineyard
The first grapes were planted at La Presa by the Caldwell family in 1974. The vineyard is located down the road from the Old Mission Santa Ynés, just outside of Solvang. Although they grow nine different grape varieties, they are particularly well known for high quality Petite Sirah.
Located in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, this vineyard benefits from cool ocean breezes blowing in every night. It’s a perfect site for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and there’s even a bit of Syrah planted here as well.
Star Lane Vineyard
This vineyard is located in the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara, the easternmost area of Santa Barbara wine country. Being far away from the ocean, the fog burns off early and the proximity to the foothills allows heat to build up over the course of the day. The constant temperature shift between heat and cold, means the vines are a little more stressed out, resulting in better flavor in the wine.
Tierra Alta Vineyard
Tierra Alta is a 55 acre vineyard located in a cooler sub-AVA called Ballard Canyon. Just over the hill from Los Olivos, the steep slopes of the vineyard, combined with a lot of limestone in the soil, all result in perfect growing conditions for Syrah and Grenache.