Tomi Cellars owns no vineyards. We purchase ultra premium wine grapes from several top Central Coast vineyards. Vineyards such as Watch Hill (Syrah), La Encantada (Pinot Noir & Chardonnay), Bentrock (Pinot Noir), Riverbench Vineyard (Albariño & Pinot Meunier), Thompson Vineyard (Grenache Blanc), Stanger Vineyard (Tempranillo), Alta Colina Vineyards (Grenache & Viognier), Tierra Alta Vineyard (Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Gris), La Presa Vineyard (Grenache & Petite Sirah) and Estelle Vineyard (Merlot).
Set on gently sloping hills at the north east corner of the Los Olivos District AVA, Estelle Vineyard is made up of mostly clay and sandy loam soils, which allows for optimal drainage and gives the vines a healthy regimen of nutrients and water. Complimented by a perfect balance of warm days and cool nights, it is one of the more ideal sites for growing Bordeaux-style varietals in all of Santa Barbara County. it is from here that we source our Merlot grapes.
Nestled in the hills near the west end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, La Encantada Vineyard is steep and rich in calcareous soils. And the Pacific marine influence of wind, fog and moderate summertime heat combine to make it one of the most ideal sites for Burgundian varietals in the world. Planted to 100 acres in the year 2000, La Encantada has been a source of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for some of the most celebrated wines produced from the appellation, and this is where we have sourced our 2021 & 2022 Pinot Noir. In 2023, we also plan to purchase Chardonnay fruit from La Encantada, as well.
Alta Colina/Las Colinas Vineyard
High up in the hills west of Paso Robles at around 1,600 feet of elevation, the cool Pacific winds sweep across the steep slopes of Las Colinas Vineyard, home of Alta Colina Winery. These hills in the Adelaida District AVA are dominated by rich calcareous soils and are arguably among the most ideal spots in the world to grow Rhône-style varietals. Here we source Grenache and Viognier fruit.
Nestled in the hills at the north end of the Ballard Canyon AVA, Tierra Alta Vineyard is steep and rich in calcareous soils. Complimented with a perfect balance of warm days and cool nights, it is one of the most ideal sites for Rhône-style varietals in all of Santa Barbara County.
Perhaps the world.
Santa Maria Valley is home to Riverbench Vineyards, where the cool ocean breezes of the Pacific mimic the Rias Baixas region in Northwestern Spain. Only a small block of this low-lying, SIP-certified vineyard is dedicated to growing Albarino. And this is where we sourced our Albarino. In 2023 we're also planning to purchase Pinot Meunier fruit, as well.
Located in the Alisos Canyon AVA, Watch Hill Vineyard is a not-too-hot, not-too-cool site set among rolling hills and beautiful equestrian properties, about half-way between Santa Maria and Santa Ynez. The main planting is approximately 20 acres and was planted around 2002, mostly Syrah varietals. This is where we source our Clone 470 and 174 Syrahs.
Maybe one of the most meticulously manicured vineyards that I've ever stepped into, Thompson Vineyard lies in the heart of the Alisos Canyon AVA. It's a not-too-hot, and not-too-cold area that is surrounded by rolling hills and equestrian properties. Really quite lovely. But it's the terroir that makes this vineyard so special. We've sourced our Grenache Blanc (White Balance) from this vineyard and could not be happier with the results...
On a 160-acre property 1850 feet above sea level, the vineyard consists of approximately 35 acres of vines located atop a southwest facing ridge.
The site consists of all hillsides, ranging from gentle to quite steep. Several factors make the vineyard a unique and special place on which to farm ultra-premium wine grapes. The soil, composed of ancient seabed, uplifted millions of years ago by tectonic forces. The chalky limestone and fossilized whale bones provide a highly alkaline soil capable of retaining significant winter rain moisture throughout the hot summer. The dry-farmed grapevines send roots searching for residual moisture and nutrients trapped deep in the rocks and soil.
The vineyard is farmed in as Earth friendly a way as possible. They don’t irrigate and use no herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizers. Each fall they plant a cover crop of beans, peas, and oats that helps prevent soil erosion during the winter and provides organic material for soil health and nitrogen from nitrogen fixing legumes.