Star Lane Vineyard / Dierberg Family of Wines
After more than a decade of searching for the ideal location to plant a vineyard and start a new winery, Jim and Mary Dierberg came across a former dude and cattle ranch in Santa Barbara County, California. “We immediately knew that we wanted this amazing ranch,” recalled Mary of driving through the gates on that fateful day in 1996. “It was absolutely breathtaking.”
With what she calls “blind confidence” — plus some of the best consultants in the business — the Dierbergs decided to plant Star Lane with Bordeaux varietals based on their faith in those grapes’ ability to soar in the unique microclimate. Their instincts quickly paid off in 2009 when Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara was officially designated an American Vitacultural Area. In an industry marked by...
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