The Sta. Rita Hills is an ideal growing zone for Pinot Noir. Once you spend time here, you, too, will easily understand. Each year I hope to work with a new vineyard to produce a singular, vineyard designate wine representative of this stunning location. Hayes Ranch is off of Sweeney Canyon road, on the far western reaches of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA established in 2001. This vineyard is elevated on a southwest facing hillside, receiving plenty of sunshine and sometimes more cooling ocean breeze that we'd like. Lovingly farmed by John and his son Ivan Belfy, John is one of the main reasons I make wine in Santa Barbara wine country.