Nestled in the far eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley, Happy Canyon is the smallest appellation in Santa Barbara County. Its inland position means a significantly warmer microclimate with summertime temperatures reaching into the low nineties, making Happy Canyon a perfect home for Bordeaux varietals like Sauvignon Blanc. The soil, a mixture of loam and clay loam with interspersed cobbles, is high in mineral levels and low in nutrients, resulting in small vines and very low grape yields.
This vineyard is located in the “sweet spot” for Sauvignon Blanc in Santa Ynez Valley. Because of its location in the southeast corner of the valley, the morning fog burns off earlier than the rest of the appellation, providing a longer day of heat units. The late afternoon marine breezes ease the extended heat, ensuring good hang time for the fruit. Gravely loam soils provide excellent drainage and contribute to the low vigor of the vines.