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Rancho Santa Rosa

Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery is the fruition of financier Bill Foley's dream to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir near his Santa Barbara home.  In 1998, Bill set out to find the proper location for his vineyard and winery.  Using topographical maps, soil research and climatic data, he scoured the region to find the appropriate site for the cultivation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After much research, Bill discovered the perfect property - Rancho Santa Rosa.  A historic parcel located in the Sta. Rita Hills region of the Santa Ynez Valley, Rancho Santa Rosa had formerly been a thoroughbred horse ranch. The property had the steep, south facing hillsides and the limestone soils that are the “holy grail” to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vintners.  Bill quickly set to establishing 230 acres of vineyard on the 460-acre property.  The vineyard was subdivided into 59 micro-blocks to be farmed, harvested and vinified separately.  Pinot Noir was situated in the highest reaches of the ranch, with elevations to one thousand feet.  The Chardonnay was established on the rolling hills surrounding the winery.  There were also eight acres of Syrah planted on the western corridor.  A variety of soil types matched to appropriate rootstocks, and a broad array of clonal selections gave the winemaking team the opportunity to make wines of great diversity and character.

The handsome stables at the bottom of the property were laboriously converted into the existing winery.  Tremendous detail went into planning a modern winery, while honoring age old winemaking tradition, and maintaining the rural beauty of the Ranch.  The 2002 vintage marked the inaugural release of Foley Estates Rancho Santa Rosa.

Click for PDF Rancho Santa Rosa Block Map Key (approx. 25KB) 
Click for PDF Rancho Santa Rosa Block Map (approx. 1.15MB)

Drawing of Rancho Santa Rosa Hillside
Rancho Santa Rosa
Rancho Santa Rosa
Soil Groups
Rancho Santa Rosa Surface Soil Texture
Rancho Santa Rosa
Surface Soil Texture

To download high resolution image files, click the appropriate link below:

Click to download drawing of Rancho Santa Rosa hillside (approx. 20MB)
Click to download key to Rancho Santa Rosa soil groups (approx. 10MB)
Click to download Rancho Santa Rosa surface soil texture (approx. 8MB)

Foley Estates vineyard photograph

The Hills Are Alive:
Maritime influences and limestone-rich soils make (the Santa Rita Hills) prime territory for Chardonnay and, of course… Pinot Noir.  Look for offerings from top producers such as… Foley Estates.

Heather John
Bon Appetit
April 2005


Foley Estates Tasting Room Drawing