First planted in 1971. Santa Barbara's Sierra Madre Vineyard has long been recognized as one of the state's finest cool-climate vineyards; its fruit part of the foundation for one of California's premier wine growing regions. Located in Northern Santa Barbara County, near the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley, one of the state's most coveted appellations. Sierra Madre Vineyard s the coldest vineyard in the state of California, and cold climate viticulture equals the best chardonnay and pinot noir because it is a long growing season, allowing time for complexity to develop.
Sierra Madre Vineyard has become certified by the SIP program, recognizing that the vineyard adheres to sustainable farming practices. These practices include maintaining a diverse vineyard environment, soil conservation, natural pest management, ensuring pristine water and air quality, and use of organic pesticides, among other requirements.
Thirty-year farming veterans, Jan and Doug Circle and their family are hands-on proprietors of what they believe to be a special viticultural site of which they are the shepherds.