The Huber Vineyard and tasting room is located about 10 miles west of Beullton and directly across the road from Babcock winery. It is the third oldest vineyard planted in the Santa Rita Hills (after Sanford and Babcock plantings) with an average vine age of nearly 30 years, which is in the optimal period for producing extremely luxurious and very high quality grapes. Additionally, the vines may reach depth’s of 6 to 7 feet, thereby transmitting complexity and minerality to the wines.
Cool climate, ocean breezes, coastal fog (locally called sea smoke) and the incredible soils provide the perfect terroir for Burgundian varietals. The soil is sandy loam on clay (much like those of famed Burgundy vineyards) with some natural irrigation from an underground stream allowing for perfect conditions for growing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Huber vineyard is also planted to roughly 4 acres of their native Germany's Dornfelder grape, shown here. We will showcase their Dornfelder wine in another posting as it deserves very special attention. The Huber Vineyard is the only vineyard on the west coast planted with Dornfelder.