Our Vineyards

Byron’s site-specific Pinot Noirs are deeply rooted in the vineyards of Santa Barbara County’s two defining appellations; Santa Maria Valley and Sta. Rita Hills. The wines explore each vineyard’s block and row distinctions defined by soils, microclimate, fog cover, wind, exposure, elevation, clonal selection, and farming.

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Nielson Vineyard

Originally planted in 1964, Nielson is the site of Santa Barbara’s first commercial vineyard, and has been Byron’s estate vineyard for over 30 years. This historic, cool-climate, benchland vineyard serves as a model for Santa Barbara’s viticultural experimentation and sustainable farming methods.

Soils Types Alluvial, sandy loam, decomposing rock and Elder soils

Distance from Pacific Ocean 18 miles

Elevation 500-800 feet

Year Planted First planted in 1964, replanted by Ken Brown starting in 1991

Clones More than 23, including Dijon clones 114, 667, Pommard, Swan, 2A and 828 (Pinot Noir) as well as Wente and 95 (Chardonnay)

Aspect South facing slope

Sustainable CCSW Certified

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Sierra Madre Vineyard

Located on the sandy bluffs, just ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, Sierra Madre Vineyard is the westernmost and coolest of Byron’s Santa Maria sites. Nutrient-starved, marine soils force good root development, small yields and concentrated flavors.

Soils Types Garey sandy loam and Pleasanton sandy loam

Distance from Pacific Ocean 10 miles

Elevation 215 feet

Year Planted 1974

Clones 667, sourced from Block 229b

Aspect South facing slope

Sustainable SIP Certified

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Bien Nacido Vineyard

Arguably the most famous vineyard in Santa Barbara County, Bien Nacido sits atop an elevated bench just five miles from our estate. The site’s extended fog cover, and meticulous viticultural practices have bolstered the site’s cult-like following.

Soils Types Mix of Elder loam and Chamise clay loam

Distance from Pacific Ocean 15 miles

Elevation 200-2,500 feet

Year Planted 1970, part of the original Tepusquet Vineyard

Clones Chardonnay: 95 and 4, Pinot Noir: 2A and Beaujolais

Aspect South facing slope

Sustainable SIP Certified

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Julia’s Vineyard

Home to Santa Barbara’s oldest Pinot Noir vines, Julia’s Vineyard was first planted between 1970 and 1971 as part of the original Tepusquet Vineyard. Its location is directly in the path of the cooling ocean winds and fog that funnel through the valley, further extending the hang time and flavor development of these prized “old vines”.

Soils Types Ancient alluvial, sandy loam

Distance from Pacific Ocean 15 miles

Elevation 500 feet

Year Planted 1970, part of the original Tepusquet Vineyard

Clones Pommard Clone 4, old-vine

Aspect Southfacing slope

Sustainable SIP Certified

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La Encantada Vineyard

La Encantada is planted to a ridge that straddles the Santa Ynez River Valley. The site’s mix of complex Monterey Formation soils, extreme maritime influences and meticulous organic viticulture produce a depth and purity of site and varietal expression.

Soils Types Mix of clay, sandy-loam, and shaly-loam

Distance from Pacific Ocean 7 miles

Elevation 430 - 450 feet

Year Planted 2000

Clones Clone 114 and 777, sourced from Blocks 17 and 13

Aspect North facing slope

Sustainable Certified Organic

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John Sebastiano

One of Sta. Rita Hills’ newest and most exciting plantings, this vineyard sits along the eastern border of the AVA. The site’s 100-acres benefit from a myriad of exposures and marine influences, which together with premium clonal selection and high-density planting, produce exceptionally small clusters and berries.

Soils Types Diatomaceous earth and loam

Distance from Pacific Ocean 10 miles

Elevation 500 feet

Year Planted 2007

Clones Pommard sourced from Block 28b and Swan from block 1

Aspect West-facing hillsides

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Rita’s Crown Vineyard

One of the highest planted vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Rita’s Crown is a high-density planting on a steep hillside overlooking several of the appellation’s most famed sites. The vineyard boasts a mix of extreme elevation and slope that together with the exposed coastal climate and marine soils impart a distinct salinity.

Soils Types Calcareous soils

Distance from Pacific Ocean 12 miles

Elevation 600-950 feet

Year Planted 2007

Clones Clone 828 sourced from Block 27

Aspect West-facing, extreme slope

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