1 a: the cultivation or culture of grapes especially for winemaking b: the science, art , or process of cultivating grapes
At Transcendence Wines, we are proud to work with a handful of the finest Santa Barbara County vineyards to produce our small portfolio. We value our relationships with these talented winegrowers, and their willingness to work with us in our pursuit of making the finest possible wines.
Larner Vineyard – Ballard Canyon
Larner Vineyard was founded by Stevan and Christine Larner in 1997, and today the property is managed by a second generation of Larner family. The Larners grow 34 acres of exceptional grapes, with a focus on Rhône varietals. Our section of Syrah is grown at the top of a beautiful south-facing hillside, which gives a perfect exposure for Syrah. The vines rest on a 7-foot deep bed of sand with clay pan underneath. The clone is 174, which was isolated from the Northern Rhône. We love this clone’s expressive smoke and meat aromatics, as well as its richness, texture, minerality and acid structure.
Lafond Vineyard – Santa Rita Hills
Planted in 1971, Lafond Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in Santa Barbara County. To say we love this vineyard would be an understatement—Sara and I got married at Lafond. As a winemaker, I have had the pleasure of working with Lafond’s grapes for years. The sections of Lafond that we work with feature east/west-facing rows that rest on a hillside plateau, just above the Santa Ynez River. We are proud to source both clone 1 Syrah and Martin Ray clone Pinot Noir from this historic property.
Zotovich Vineyard – Santa Rita Hills
Located in the middle part of the northern Santa Rita Hills, Zotovich Vineyard is farmed by the Zotovich family and renowned vineyard manager Jeff Newton (whose other clients include Beckmen Vineyards, Stolpman, Jonata and Brewer-Clifton). Adding to the site’s pedigree is its location next to such renowned vineyards as Babcock and Melville. The soils at Zotovich are sandy, and the row orientations are predominantly north/south. The
Zotovich Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills. The clone 76 Chardonnay from Zotovich offers a crisp and vibrant expression of the varietal with lovely aromatics and pure fruit elements. We also source small quantities of excellent Pinot Noir from Zotovich.