Elemental Origins

From Waves to Wind

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.

Ancient Oceans

Millions of years ago our land sat under a shallow eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean, gradually amassing complex layers of limestone from ancient corals and marine animal shells.  As the earth slowly cooled and the sea gradually receded westward, a sandy beach covered the limestone with thin powdery dunes and smoothly tumbled stones.

Borrowed Breath

Despite its recent inhabitants’ preference of lungs to gills, the ocean’s touch remains strong as cool fogswept air is breathed eastward through the sandy undulating range of prominent dunes known as the Solomon Hills, extending cool mornings and afternoons, softening midday heat, and yielding cold and often frosty nights.

Wrinkles of Time


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