Dovecote Ranch lies in the heart of the Alisos Canyon AVA, just inland from California’s windswept Central Coast on the eastern side of the cool San Antonio Creek Valley in Northern Santa Barbara County. It rests within the Alisos Canyon corridor where transverse mountain ranges flood the area with daily fog and chilled ocean air. The ranch is situated between the small historic towns of Los Alamos to the north, and Los Olivos to the south, and has been home to the celebrated Thompson Vineyard since 1990.
Thousands of years of rain, wind, ice, and tectonic shifting further sculpted the land, pushing primordial volcanic stone formations skyward, carving sub-valleys through thick limestone, and transporting layers of large sea-worn stones across vast distances.
Today Dovecote’s 250 acres are comprised of no less than ten different soil types, nearly 500 feet of elevation changes, and a bountiful variation of nanoclimates with dramatic 40-50 degree diurnal shifts and daily temperatures across the ranch that can differ by differ by up to 20 degrees.
We respect our vineyard as a set of smaller and distinctly different geoclimatic regions and finely tailor sustainable farming methods to bring out the most honest fruit expressions from each area. Embracing such diversity imparts intense levels of complexity and character otherwise uncommon in wines grown from a single estate.