Effective October 30, Ballard Canyon will be designated by the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) as Santa Barbara County’s fifth official American viticultural area (AVA). Ballard Canyon, encompassing 7,800, is the second AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley along with Sta. Rita Hills.
Varieties Planted by Acre (Bearing) in Ballard Canyon, 2010
As reported by the members of the Ballard Canyon Winegrowers
Red wine cultivars: (Rounded to nearest acre)
Syrah: 274 Acres
Cabernet Sauvignon: 29
Cabernet Franc: 20
Petit Verdot: 5
Petite Sirah: 6
Total: 458 reported acres of bearing red wine grapes.
Region of Origin: Rhone Varietals: 76%, Bordeaux: 14%, Italian: 8%, California ‘Heritage’: 2%
White wine cultivars: (Rounded to nearest acre)
Grenache Blanc: 7
Sauvignon Blanc: 31
Malvasia Bianca: 2
Total: 83 reported acres of bearing white wine grapes.
Region of Origin: Rhone Varietals: 57%, Bordeaux: 40%, Italian: 2%
Vintners and Winegrowers of Ballard Canyon
Brownell's Viejo Vineyard
Finkle Family Vineyards
Sarloos and Sons Windmill Ranch