Vineyards

Sierra Madre Vineyard

Our primary vineyard site in the Santa Maria Valley, Sierra Madre remains one of the valley’s closest plantings to the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. With sandy soils and gentle slopes, it is planted primarily to Pinot Noir, with smaller amounts of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Planted in 1971 and owned for a period of time by the Mondavi family, it remains one of the oldest vineyard sites in the region. Its fruit is purchased by many well-known wineries such as Au Bon Climat, Byron, Hitching Post, Ken Brown, Kenneth Volk, Paul Lato, and Wild Horse.

Sierra Madre has been Lane’s favorite vineyard since the 1980’s, when she began making single vineyard Pinot Noir under the Hitching Post label. Lane’s intimate knowledge of the best blocks and clones has been a godsend; no one knows the intricacies of this fickle vineyard better than she. We source Pinot Noir clones 667 and 777 from their best blocks, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from their steep, north-facing hillsides. The vineyard is SIP-certified sustainable.

Shop Lumen Wines from Sierra Madre Vineyard:
⇒ 2019 Chardonnay
⇒ 2019 Pinot Gris
⇒ 2017 Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara County
⇒ 2016 Pinot Noir – Sierra Madre Vineyard

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Julia's Vineyard

Julia’s Vineyard was planted in 1971 by Louis Lucas as part of the original Rancho Sisquoc planting.  Today these gnarled, own-rooted vines are the only surviving remnants of Louis’ original planting. Lane began sourcing from Julia’s in the early 1990’s, and the results were stunning. Her wines from this decade are still showing bright and beautiful.

These 50-year-old vines are still thriving despite their advanced age, and producing some of the best Pinot Noir fruit in the Santa Maria Valley. The vineyard is now owned by the Jackson Family and is part of the Cambria Winery complex, lying on the northern bank of the Sisquoc River, with soils of sandy loam.  The vineyard is SIP-certified sustainable.

Shop Lumen Wines from Julia’s Vineyard:
⇒ 2018 Pinot Noir – Julia’s Vineyard

Rancho Real Vineyard

Our newest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard source, Rancho Real lies just to the west of Presqu’ile Vineyard, and just southward of Solomon Hills Vineyard. Its steep hillside plantings can be seen from Highway 101 just south of the city of Santa Maria. With sandy soils and close proximity to the ocean, it is a premium site for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – which is exactly why we chose it.

Lane is particularly excited by the block of Swan clone Pinot Noir, which is located at the top of the vineyard. We are the only winemakers that have contracted the fruit from this block, and it is stunning. Look out for the 2020 Rancho Real Pinot Noir, which is 100% Swan.  The vineyard is SIP-certified sustainable.

Shop Lumen Wines from Rancho Real Vineyard:
⇒ 2020 Chardonnay (coming soon)

Portico Hills Vineyard

One of our newest and most exciting vineyards, Portico Hills lies just to the north of the town of Los Alamos. Our Grenache block is on a hilltop at the back of the vineyard, with a beautiful view of the Los Alamos Valley below. It sports sandy loam soils, with veins of limestone below. We made a small amount of Portico Hills in 2018, hoping that the vineyard would show promise. Needless to say that we were blown away by the quality of this young vineyard; it is our favorite now, and will certainly  improve as the vines gain more maturity. The vineyard is SIP-certified sustainable.

Shop Lumen Wines from Sierra Madre Vineyard:
⇒ 2019 Grenache Portico Hills

Presqu'ile Vineyard

Presqu’ile Vineyard is located just two miles south of Sierra Madre near the town of Orcutt, on the western side of the Santa Maria Valley. Planted in 2009 by the Murphy family, it is quickly becoming known for its distinctive Pinot Noirs. With deep sandy soils and rolling hills, in combination with the region’s typically cool climate, the vineyard has become a fast favorite of many of the area’s top winemakers, including Ernst Storm and Drake Whitcraft.

We currently source only Pinot Noir clone 667 from this prestigious site. The wines are more masculine in style, with deep color and fruit flavors that are accented by spice and savory notes. Presqu’ile has been SIP-certified sustainable since its inception.

Shop Lumen Wines from Presqu’ile Vineyard:
⇒ 2016 Pinot Noir – Presqu’ile Vineyard

Presqu'ile Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

One of the most iconic vineyards in our region, S&B was planted in 1971 by Richard Sanford and Michael Benedict, who were searching what was then a completely unknown wine-growing region, hoping to find a climate in California that could produce world-class Pinot Noir. This was a daunting task indeed. Their first commercial release in 1976 blew the socks off the critics, and spurred an entire movement, not to mention one of the best-known AVA’s in our state: the Santa Rita Hills.

Will’s father Warner recalls tasting the 1976 vintage, with a young (and nervous) Richard Sanford, at a gathering of the Chevaliers de Tastevin in Los Angeles. The Burg Hounds swirled and sipped, and there was a collective silence, before one of the most senior members exclaimed, “Son of a bitch.” For the first time in history (perhaps), the Burg Hounds realized that a California Pinot Noir could rival a great Burgundy.  Lane and Will still think that is true.

Shop Lumen Wines from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard:
⇒ 2017 Pinot Noir – Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

Martian Ranch

Martian Ranch is located in Alisos Canyon, close to the town of Los Alamos (and hence to Lumen’s tasting room and Pico Restaurant in the Los Alamos General Store). The Los Alamos Valley boasts slightly warmer days and cooler nights than the nearby Santa Maria Valley, and for this reason has been planted predominantly to Rhone varietals.

This small, 20-acre site is the source of our Grenache fruit. This hillside vineyard is biodynamically farmed, and yields are carefully controlled to give the wines added depth, concentration, and character.

Shop Lumen Wines from Martian Vineyard:
⇒ 2017 Grenache – Martian Ranch
⇒ 2016 Grenache – Santa Barbara County

Martian Ranch - Santa Barbara County

Garey Vineyard

Garey Vineyard lies to the east of Sierra Madre by about four miles near the town of Garey, and is atop the same ridge line of ancient sand dunes. The soil consists of sand and sandy loam, and the climate is very cool, making it a premium location for Pinot Noir. During the growing season, mornings are generally foggy and cold, followed by breezy afternoons that keep temperatures down and serve to air-dry the fruit.

We source three Pinot Noir clones from Garey: 667, 777 and 115. The wines tend to be very feminine in style, with soft tannins and delicate fruit flavors. This vineyard is certain to become a famous as a vineyard-designate, and we hope to help it get there. Farming practices are also SIP-certified sustainable.

Shop Lumen Wines from Garey Vineyard:
⇒ 2016 Pinot Noir – Garey Vineyard

Garey Vineyard - Santa Barbara County

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