Nestled in the hills of Jalama Cañon Ranch, the 5.5 acre vineyard thrives in diverse temperatures, cool summer winds, and coastal fog. The long growing season, steep hillsides, distinctive soils, and low-yielding vines produce the character unique to the location. The weather is cooler and harsher than the nearby Santa Rita Hills to the northeast, and the soil changes color and consistency over the vineyard's hillside from sand to clay to limestone. The vineyard rests on southeasterly facing slopes and is partially sheltered from the strong Pacific Coast winds by the surrounding hills.
JCR Vineyard was originally part of a mid 1800's land grant from the United States government to Jose Antonio De La Guerra, a prominent figure in Santa Barbara County’s history as one of the first settlers of the area. The 1,000 acre property has a brief list of owners since De La Guerra and was purchased in 2004, by local residents who have called Santa Barbara home for more than 50 years. Following their passion and the historical past of the area, in the spring of 2008, the five acres of pinot noir and half an acre of chardonnay were planted with dormant vines and bore their first fruits in the 2010 vintage. All of the wines are estate wines, produced by the same hands that nurture and harvest the vineyard.