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.