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Santa Rita Hills Wine Country

Several Santa Rita Hills wineries are among the state’s top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers. Huber Cellars and Loring Wine Company both are Santa Rita Hills Wineries that make premium Pinot Noir.

Although Santa Rita Hills Wine Country is named after the local hills, a valley running east-west is what really defines the climate. This valley acts as a funnel for cool winds from the Pacific Ocean between the taller Santa Rosa Hills to the south and the Purisima Hills to the north. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards do exceptionally well in this coastal climate. And Santa Rita Hills Wineries take full advantage.

Santa Rita Hills’ terrain is composed of sandy-loam soils that drain very well. Santa Rita Hills Wine Country is on the Pacific Plate and was once part of an ancient ocean floor. Geologic uplifts, organic deposits, water movement and erosion have made the hillside soils what they are today.

Like other regions, the modern history of vineyard and winery development in the Santa Rita Hills Wine Country is not particularly long. Even still, Santa Rita Hills Wineries have gained an international reputation for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah over the past few decades. Learn more about the individuals and wineries that have shaped the Santa Rita Hills wine industry.

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