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.

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 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.

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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/

Martellotto Winery Invites You to Get Happy with Santa Barbara County Cabernet!

Martellotto Winery Invites You to Get Happy with Santa Barbara County Cabernet!

Winemakers Celebrate 10 Years of Wine Joy in Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County

While winemakers have had much success in Santa Barbara County with pinot noir and chardonnay, those making wine from the vineyards of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara are having their own success.

This small AVA (the smallest of Santa Barbara County) has gathered many accolades for its cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux blends since the AVA was formally approved in 2009. 

Greg Martellotto, whose Martellotto Winery produces several Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara wines, says “10 years on, a small number of producers are very happy indeed.”

Martellotto Winery Santa Barbara County Cabernet Sauvignon

Bordeaux Varieties Thrive in this Happy Place

What makes this area different from the rest of Santa Barbara County? Here Bordeaux grape varieties thrive, especially cabernet sauvignon. The location, climate, elevation, aspect, and soils are unique in the County and are perfect for these grape varieties.

Happy Canyon lies in the easternmost part of Santa Barbara County (about 12 miles from the coast) and is the furthest inland. It also sits at higher elevation than elsewhere in the county.

This area is unusual because of a rare intersection of mountain ranges, The Santa Ynez mountain range runs from the Pacific coast to the east. The San Rafael mountain range, on the eastern edge of the county, runs north to south. 

What this creates is a channel in-between the two ranges for the cool marine currents and fog to move into the canyon early and late in the day. During the summer, warmer air gets trapped in the canyon keeping it hot and dry. 

This distinct geography provides for a greater temperature variation (diurnal temperature swing) between day and night than elsewhere in the county. It also provides for temperatures that are warmer than the rest of the county.

Soil types here are very poor, which is good for grapevines, and include:

  • Alluvial soils at lower elevations
  • Shale, clays and loams on steeper, well-drained slopes

The unique aspect of the soils is that there is a higher level of magnesium here than elsewhere and less sodium, aiding in nutrient uptake in the vines.

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The Multi-layered Wines of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara Wines

The Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA lies on the western flank of the San Rafael mountains, so the vineyards face south-southwest. Summer is dry and hot with strong sunlight allowing Bordeaux grape varieties to ripen. 

Other areas of Santa Barbara are too cool for these varieties, especially cabernet sauvignon, to mature properly. 

Bordeaux varieties grown here include: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and malbec. Sauvignon blanc grows well here also.

The wines here are distinct for several reasons:

  • Low yields and concentrated flavors due to gravely loam and clay soils with few nutrients
  • Deeper flavors because the grapes ripen so well here at higher elevation (like the Uco Valley of Argentina) 
  • Increased complexity because the additional flavor aspect develops before the sugars do 

Martellotto Winery Santa Barbara County Cabernet Wines

Martellotto Winery Makes the Happiest Wines Around

Wines made from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara County fruit yield very high-quality Bordeaux style wines. Tasting these intricate wines is an experience to remember. Many of these compare to the best Bordeaux-style wines from around the world. 

There are several major vineyards in the area, but no tasting rooms and only one winery. You can try these wines in many places throughout Santa Barbara County though.

Martellotto Winery produces several Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara wines such as Riserva "Il Capoccia" and "La Bomba" Cabernet Sauvignon, both award-winning wines. He also makes “La Rosa” Rose and “My Way” Malbec from Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara fruit.

Buy the superior Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara wine from Martellotto today and get happy!