Cambria Estate Winery
Barbara Banke purchased a section of Tepusquet Vineyard, in Santa Maria Valley, in 1986. This acquisition marked the beginning of Cambria Estate Winery. Since then, many of the original rootstocks have been replanted to suit the climate and geology of the area. Ms. Banke remains in management over all aspects of the winery.
Cambria’s wine growing technique relies on leaf thinning, deficit irrigation and dropping green fruit. The winery focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Cambria makes use of several vineyards. One vineyard is Katherine’s Vineyard. The soil in that vineyard is well drained and faces the south. Another vineyard is Julia’s Vineyard. This vineyard was planted in 1991 and is sustainably farmed. The Tepusquet Vineyard is located on a slope that is sheltered by the Santa Maria winds. It lies on the site of a prehistoric riverbed. Bench Break Vineyard has the shallowest soils of Cambria Estate. The berries are smaller and create a more concentrated flavor. Cambria’s focus is Syrah, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Yearly production is around 20,000 cases. All of the grapes are estate grown. All wines are estate produced and bottled.
Visitors can taste Cambria’s wines at its Santa Maria tasting room. Many of the wines are available at grocery stores and retail wine merchants. Members of the wine club receive priority availability of new releases and are invited to special events like the estate’s annual barbeque