The immature Pinot Noir cluster emerges from the bud. “Pinot” refers to the pine cone shaped cluster seen here.
Ryan Carr of Carr Vineyards and Winery admits to some early mistakes he made when planting wine grapes in Santa Barbara County and the one grape that best describes who he is.
As the grape growing season kicks off, Winemaker & Viticulturist Bill Wathen takes us up to his Tinaquaic Vineyard, one of the only dry farmed vineyards in Santa Barbara County.
This photograph depicts the bud at the very beginning of bud break, when the first leaves enclosing the tiny bud have just begun to unfurl. The fuzzy leaves help to protect the fragile immature cluster from frost and disease.
Michael Larner of Larner Vineyard and Winery tells us about how he deals with Nazi gophers and how the new Ballard Canyon AVA is like giving birth to a third child.
After the growing season has ended and the vines are bare and dormant, they need to be carefully pruned in order to sustain the life of the vine and ensure the production of another harvest.
Karen Steinwachs, winemaker at Buttonwood Farm Vineyard & Winery, speaks candidly about her winemaking philosophy and what it’s like being a female winemaker in Santa Barbara County.
Steve Pepe, owner of Clos Pepe Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, talks about transitioning into life as a wine farmer.