Wine Tours - Visiting Curtis Winery
Solvang and Los Olivos are historic towns located in the Santa Ynez Valley. The valley is bordered by the Purisima Hills, the Santa Ynez Mountains and the San Rafael Mountains. The western section of the valley tends to be cooler and more suited to Chardonnay. Rhone varietals fare well in the warmer eastern section.
Curtis Winery specializes in producing Rhone varietals. Winemaker Chuck Carlson uses his criteria of physiological ripeness to determine when it is time to pick the grapes.
Their 20 acre Ambassador’s Vineyard is solely dedicated to Syrah. Each vineyard block is carefully managed as a distinct entity. The vines are planted in soils primarily made of gravelly loam and benefit from long, warm days and cool, foggy nights. Wines made with this fruit are known for their white pepper and spice aromas and flavors.
The winery’s Crossroads Vineyard is located on a more fertile piece of land. In response, Curtis uses vigor-limiting rootstocks.
Curtis is expanding its wine list into other Rhone style wines to complement their Syrah. They are now producing Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache and Mourvedre.