The Loop: Cambria's Family-Owned Vineyards

The Loop: Cambria's Family-Owned Vineyards

Posted on September 29, 2016

Fog and wind may not be what golfers want to see on the golf course, but winemakers love it when those weather elements funnel directly over their vineyard. That's the case in California's Santa Maria Valley, home to Cambria Estate Winery and it's "Benchbreak" Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.

A unique geological twist in California's coastline just an hour north of Santa Barbara means temperatures seldom rise above 65 degrees there, creating growing conditions that ripen the fruit slowly while preserving lively acidity. The original Tepusquet Vineyard, at the estate's heart, was planted in Pinot and Chardonnay in 1970 (making it the first vineyard planted in Santa Barbara County in modern times).

Cambria's proprietor since 1986 has been Barbara Banke, who, with the Jackson family, runs Cambria, making it a family-owned winery. In fact, Barbara and her late husband, Jess Jackson, named two of the estate...

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