December 11, 2020, Santa Barbara, California – The Santa Barbara County Vineyards Association (SBCVA) announced the end of the Santa Barbara County harvest season, showing that 2020 was another successful harvest despite the record-breaking fire season in California. The SBCVA is pleased to report that the quality of the grapes in the region is high, despite a slightly lower than average yield, with producers experiencing optimal aroma development and little or no influence from the national thermal spraying and smoke. The winemakers hope that 2020 will be one of the best vintages in Santa Barbara County.
The unique cultivation area of Santa Barbara County, located on the central coast between the transverse mountain ranges, was far from all active forest fires and was not directly affected by fire in the 2020 fire season. Winemakers report that the vineyards are generally non-smoking and that there are no smoke stains on the grapes. In fact, according to many winegrowers, the quality of the grapes seems to be above average.
We are delighted with our Happy Canyon 2020 wines, says Tyler Thomas, winemaker of Dirberg and Starlana. After two historic heat waves, we experienced a few tremors, but the vines inspired us all to prove their resilience. You can always find good wine in difficult years.
Although the 2020 harvest was one of the busiest for me as a winemaker and winemaker, I was very pleased with the quality of the grapes I harvested from a dozen different vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County, says Larry Schaefer, owner / harvester of Tercero Wines. Despite the fact that the yield did not match the original forecasts, the quality of the fruit I received was above average.
Added by Doug Margerum, owner/winemaker of Margerum Wine Company and Barden : Santa Barbara County wine could become a quality reference in California by 2020. The tragedy that struck the vineyards of Northern California had no effect on the wines from the cooler climate of Santa Barbara County. The year 2020 could be the year that brings them to the top of the stars they deserve.
While the 2020 crop season has been marked by Covid-19 testing, heat waves and record-breaking fires across the state, we are very pleased that the growers of Santa Barbara are expressing their admiration for this year’s vintage, said Alison Laslett, SBCVA CEO. We are fortunate that Santa Barbara County was not affected by the disastrous forest fires and we are grateful that the growers and wine producers in our area are still able to produce world-class wines from this special place. But we think of all our friends in the wine industry, especially in the north, who have been so badly affected by the fires. Our hearts are set on them in this historic year.
Through the Santa Barbara County Wine Association:
Santa Barbara Vintners is a 501(c) 6 non-profit organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class region for authentic wine and viticulture. The association includes members of wineries whose annual production represents at least 75% of the total production of the District of Santa Barbara (or Sub-AVA), partners of wineries, vineyards and members of the business association. Her mission is to promote and protect the wine industry in Santa Barbara County. It organizes festivals and weekends in wine countries, educational seminars and tastings, provides information to consumers, retailers and the media, and advocates for the wine and wine industry in Santa Barbara County. Visit www.sbcountywines.com for more information.
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