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Santa Barbara Wine Country Ends Successful 2019 Grape Harvest

Santa Barbara Wine Country Ends Successful 2019 Grape Harvest

In Santa Barbara wine country, it’s all over but no crying this year. The 2019 Santa Barbara AVA grape harvest came to an end with little drama and a classic vintage. 

According to Greg Martellotto, owner of Martellotto Winery, “The 2019 harvest is high-quality with few remarkable challenges. Similar to 2016, the wines will be balanced, classic, and varietally correct.” 

Santa Barbara County, as a whole, experienced a mild spring after a colder winter season. Few summer heat spikes led to more consistent and predictable ripening, longer hang-time, and deeper color.

While there were a few heat spikes, the overall outlook is positive because of the moderate conditions.

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Martellotto Winery, located in Buellton, produces wines from grapes grown in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA. With an optimal harvest, Bordeaux varietal grapes revealed almost perfect balance and color.  

“After all the hard work and long days, we are celebrating because the rest is easy. We just have to be hands-off in the winery and let the fruit shine,” continued Greg. “Because we harvested at peak ripeness levels, we don’t need to be too hands on with the wine this year. It’s like a chef who lets the ingredients shine through without over seasoning or saucing.”

With an increasing demand among wine consumers and the trade, the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA shows growing pains. As a result of this attention, grape prices are increasing because of severely restricted supply vis-à-vis increasing demand. With only a handful of vineyards, more wineries are on the way. 

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Happy Canyon produces under-rated Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc that outshine better-known wine regions. This is a revelation to many who know Santa Barbara for high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Cabernet Sauvignon blends reveal fresh berry flavors, round and lush sweetness, and a velvety quality that must be tasted. The warm days and cool nights provide for a natural acidity balanced with smooth tannins.

The wines made from Sauvignon Blanc are complex with a creamy richness, both tropical and floral.

The 2019 vintage offers an excellent opportunity to try these wines at their best.

Given all the climate drama in California in recent years, winemakers in Santa Barbara wine country can breathe freely, having another great vintage resting quietly.

santa barbara happy canyon martellotto winery grape harvest 2019

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

(619) 567-9244

https://martellotto.com/

Martellotto Winery Guided by Corporate Social Responsibility

Martellotto Winery Guided by Corporate Social Responsibility

Wine lovers, are you socially conscious? Do you prioritize spending money with companies that promote corporate social responsibility (CSR)?  Consider Martellotto Winery.

According to University of Washington Center for Leadership & Social Responsibility, CSR is “a process with the aim to embrace responsibility for the company's actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders . . .”

For example, almost 90% of consumers prefer to buy from a company that supports an issue they believe in. 

About 75% won’t buy from a company if they disagree with the company’s position on an issue. (Research from Cone Communications.)

Companies focused on giving back to their local communities in positive ways have more success. Consumers impressions of a company’s social commitment translate into purchases and loyalty.

Martellotto Winery is Committed to Community

Martellotto Winery is Committed to Community

Greg Martellotto is raising the bar in the wine industry. A respected winemaker, he is passionately committed to the health of wine drinkers. He promotes drinking wines with reduced sugars and chemicals

Through donations of money, products, services and time, Greg gives back and helps improve his local community of San Diego. 

A couple of his favorite projects include PEERS Network and the San Diego Zoo.

PEERS Network

PEERS Network is a professional nonprofit founded in 2009 by local entrepreneurs with the goal of giving back to the San Diego Community. 

P:    Inspire Philanthropic passion
E:    Enabling Entrepreneurship
E:    Provide education for members that aligns our membership and enriches our community
R:    Enhance the Relationships of members and their families
S:    Drive intimate and engaging Social interaction

Their mission is to build networks of local entrepreneurs to foster philanthropy, business growth and social interaction. 

They do so through three pillars: 

  • Peer to Peer Mentoring 
  • Funding Local Charities 
  • Aspiring Philanthropist Program

Greg recently helped sponsor the PEERS Network Gala 2019 Casino Royale Benefiting Humble Design San Diego, Sept. 21, 2019. This gala was in support of PEERS network primary local charity, Humble Design San Diego

Humble Design is a nonprofit that works to provide dignity to families and veterans emerging from homelessness. They transform an empty house or apartment into a home to change a family's future. 

San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Greg’s Martellotto Winery participated with many of Southern California’s finest wineries and breweries in a fundraiser to benefit wildlife. 

San Diego Zoo’s Food Wine and Brew Celebration featured, beer, wine, tasty bites, animals and live music. Proceeds supported the Global Wildlife Conservancy.

The San Diego Zoo's Global Wildlife Conservancy is a nonprofit organization committed to saving species worldwide and leading the fight to end extinction.

Martellotto Winery sponsors Santa Barbara Wild

Martellotto Winery is Committed to Great Wine and Great Communities

Most of the California wine industry supports philanthropic causes and Greg is no exception.

He feels fortunate to live in such a bountiful state as California. His passion of making great wine is only surpassed by sharing it with wine lovers around the country.

As part of such a giving industry and the strong local communities supporting it, Greg believes in continuing the philanthropic tradition.

The Fifth Annual Santa Barbara WILD!

Martellotto Winery will be a sponsor of the upcoming Fifth Annual Santa Barbara WILD! 

Benefitting the Los Padres Forest Watch, it will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 3:00 to 6:30 pm. The location is The Garden Street Academy Playing Fields, 2300 Garden Street in Santa Barbara.

Being an avid outdoorsman, Greg is committed to protecting local forests, wildlife, wilderness and waterways so Santa Barbara WILD! is a natural fit.

Attendees will enjoy appetizers and dinner made from local ingredients, as well as local wines and craft beer. Also on tap will be live music, auctions, and a wine cellar raffle, all in an environment of fun, friendship, community, and conservation.

Martellotto Winery also supports the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Home Start, Inc., a non-profit child abuse prevention and treatment agency,

Martellotto Winery owner Greg Martellotto believes in corporate social responsibility

ABOUT Greg Martellotto 

Greg owns Martellotto Winery in Buellton, where he produces award-winning Bordeaux varietals from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA.

He also has a wine import company, One Vine Wines, which offers specialty wines to hotels, restaurants, grocery and major online retailers. 

Big Hammer Wines is his direct delivery online retail store.  Consumers can find a wide range of wines including low-sugar wines, in-demand top-quality wines, and a curated selection of wines from around the world.

Greg has been invested in the wine business since 2005, but he is also an active outdoorsman. He enjoys triathlons, hiking, skiing and scuba diving, as well as volunteering his time, money and wines giving back to his local community.

Martellotto Winery Happy Canyon Wines Featured at Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley

Martellotto Winery Happy Canyon Wines Featured at Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley

Join Santa Barbara County Martellotto Winery for Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley in October.  Two special events Friday, October 18, will feature wines from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara appellation and include wines from Santa Ynez Valley AVA. 

Deep Dive on Wines from the Happy Canyon and Santa Ynez Valley AVA

Time: Friday, October 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Carriage House in Santa Ynez Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez

The Grand Tasting in the museum courtyard is included with this ticket.

Santa Barbara County Martellotto Winery pours at Taste of Santa Ynez Valley

Grand Tasting of Wines from the Appellation Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley

Time: Friday, October 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Carriage House in Santa Ynez Historical Museum, 3596 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez

“I am so excited that Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley will give visitors the opportunity to learn about wines from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. Many people aren’t familiar with this AVA because it is so new, but it is such an exciting appellation for wine lovers to explore,” says Greg Martellotto. “Santa Barbara County typically produces cooler climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Happy Canyon produces great Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon.”

During the Deep Dive event, Matt Kettmann and a panel of experts will discuss why Happy Canyon and Santa Ynez AVAs produce such exciting wines. Matt is the Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and The Independent. 

Happy Canyon sits at the eastern edge of the Santa Barbara County wine region where temperatures are higher. The wide swing of temperatures between day and night allows Happy Canyon to produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc that outshine better known wine regions. Wines from here are delicious yet under-rated.

The Grand Tasting takes a different approach with a “Walk-About” Tasting. During this event visitors will learn about the wines and producers from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez appellations. 

In Happy Canyon Bordeaux varietals grow extremely well. Wines from here rival those from more famous California wine regions. Learn about the Bordeaux varietals from this special AVA: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley - Events

 Martellotto Winery invites you to try the wines from Happy Canyon during Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Experience the Santa Barbara Wine Country difference.

Santa Barbara County Winery

About Martellotto Winery

Set deep in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, Martellotto Winery makes handcrafted, beautiful and exciting wines using selected grapes from across California’s Central Coast. American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) include Happy Canyon AVA, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Ynez Valley AVA, and Santa Maria Valley AVA. Owner and winemaker, Greg Martellotto, specializes in Bordeaux varietals. Martellotto Winery is one of the few wineries producing single varietal wines of all five of the noble Bordeaux grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.


Contact:

Greg Martellotto, Owner            

Martellotto Winery

100 Los Padres Way #7

Buellton, CA  93427

(619) 567-9244

https://martellotto.com/