Driving Highway 101 from San Francisco southward, you will eventually find yourself in the lush farmland of the Salinas Valley. Looking west across the fields, on the horizon is a beautifully green range of small mountains, laced with fog. The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA stretches a mere 18 miles along alluvial benches between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the valley below. Just three miles wide, it is one of the smallest major Pinot Noir regions in the world.
The climate here is dictated by our proximity to the deep Monterey Bay. From it, cold ocean air floods down the Salinas Valley, bringing fog in the mornings and blowing winds throughout the afternoon into the evening. These strong, steady winds wick the moisture to prevent mildew, and also keep temperatures relatively cool all year long. As a result, our vineyards have some of the longest hang times for Pinot Noir in all of California.
ROAR’s vineyards lie in the heart of the appellation. Rosella’s Vineyard, our home ranch and oldest site, is the northernmost that we own and farm. Next is Garys’ Vineyard, a treasured co-owning partnership with the Gary Pisoni family. Soberanes Vineyard is just south of Garys’, with similar soils but different clones and row orientation. Lastly, we own and farm Sierra Mar, our southernmost and highest plantings. See the full SLH Map here.