Every truly great winegrowing region is defined first by its terroir – its location, climate, and soils. Secondly, and equally important, it is defined by the “people on the ground.” The personalities that farm their vineyards and provide the perfectly ripened raw materials each vintage to the winemakers. The Santa Lucia Highlands is no exception – the winegrower, the vineyard manger, the vineyard crew here are paramount. They are the “interpreters:” the folks, who through their year-round efforts, allow each unique vineyard to speak its own unique message in every bottle. The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation is fortunate in having more than its share of dedicated, visionary growers: Gary Pisoni. Dan Lee. Gary Franscioni. Jason Smith. Nicky Hahn. Steve McIntyre. Charlie Wagner. Ray Franscioni. Joe Wagner. Garrett Boekenoogen. Mark Manzoni. Joe Alarid. Kirk Williams. Just a few of the faces of the SLH, the vineyardists whose reputation and livelihood are on the line, every single harvest.
The SLH is home to many famed vineyards and rising star growers.Click on any Estate to see its Vineyard Profile.