Vineyards

Austerity is sourced from exceptional but lesser known vineyards along California’s Central Coast, where grapes capable of producing extraordinary wines can still be found at reasonable prices. We source from up-and-coming appellations including Arroyo Seco, Santa Lucia Highlands and Paso Robles. Click on the links below to learn more about these premier grape growing regions.

  • Arroyo Seco

    Vineyard Arroyo Seco

    The name Arroyo Seco literally translates as “Dry Riverbed.” However, this small appellation in the center of Monterey County's Salinas Valley is an oasis of viticulture. Arroyo Seco is famous for growing Chardonnay grapes full of tropical fruit and refreshing acidity. These grapes thrive in a mix of gravelly and sandy loam soils, developing complexity in one of California’s longest growing seasons. As the warm midday sun reflects off large river stones, affectionately termed “Greenfield Potatoes” by the locals, they absorb heat during the day and radiate that heat in the evening to prevent the vines from freezing during frigid nights. Later in the afternoon, cool winds pour in from Monterey Bay, refreshing the vines, intensifying the fruit flavors and allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

    • Appellation: Arroyo Seco
    • AVA Approval: 1983
    • Size: 18.240 acres
    • Planted: 7,000 acres
    • Climate: Moderate, partially sheltered from breezes
    • Dominant soils: Garey Sandy Loam, Oceano Loamy Sand, Lockwood Shaly Loam
    • Min/max elevations: 266 ft. / 1,670 ft.
  • Santa Lucia Highlands

    Vineyard Santa Lucia

    Perched high above the Salinas Valley in Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) is quickly becoming a crown jewel of California viticulture. Enjoying one of California’s longest growing seasons, the SLH AVA features a north-south oriented alluvial terrace with well-drained granitic soils and shelter from the Pacific Ocean by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Many of the vineyards of the SLH are planted on hillside slopes to take full advantage of the bright morning sunshine. Yet the region also benefits from coastal morning fog and afternoon maritime breezes from Monterey Bay, cooling the vines to allow for long, gentle ripening of the grapes. The combination of the soils and the exposure to wind stresses the vines, causing them to put all their energy into the production of fruit rather than the canopy. The resultant berries are small with thick skins, leading to great structure, intense fruit character and depth of flavor in the wines.

    • Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
    • AVA Approval: 1991
    • Size: 22,000 acres
    • Planted: 6,100 acres
    • Climate: Cool, steady temperatures & climate
    • Dominant soils: Chualar Loam, Arroyo Seco Gravelly Loam, Placentia Sandy Loam
    • Min/max elevations: 98 ft. / 2,349 ft.
  • Paso Robles

    Vineyard Paso Robles

    Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along the Central Coast, the Paso Robles AVA is California’s fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation. With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in California, distinct microclimates, diverse soils and a long growing season, Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra-premium wines. Thanks to cool nights, warm days, and typically late rains, Paso Robles vines tend to have a longer growing season and grapes have more hang time compared to other wine regions, resulting in fully mature fruit whose acid chemistry is kept in balance through the area’s overnight marine cooling. Paso Robles wine country is a land of diversity and contrasts that encompasses river bottoms to rolling hills and flat lands to steep mountains.

    • Appellation: Paso Robles
    • AVA Approval: 1983
    • Size: 610,246 acres
    • Planted: 28,059 acres
    • Climate: Warm days, cool nights, late season rainfall
    • Dominant soils: Over 45 soil series derived from granite, shale, sandstone & volcanic rocks
    • Min/max elevations: 628 ft. / 1,980 ft.