Above: The view from the Stolpman Angeli vineyard, where the winery grows one of its flagship wines.
STOLPMAN VINEYARDS (SNAIL)
2434 Alamo Pintado Ave.
Los Olivos CA 93441
From its care for the land it farms to the overarching approach to sustainability it embraces, including the benefits it provides for its full-time staff of vineyard workers, Stolpman is the embodiment of the Slow ethos in grape growing and winemaking.
When Tom and Marilyn Stolpman planted their estate in Ballard Canyon in 1990, they became pioneers of Santa Ynez winemaking and would ultimately be part of the historic wave of Syrah growers that took shape in the years that followed. Today, their son Peter manages the estate with his wife Jessica. Santa Barbara County legend Ruben Solorzano is their longtime vineyard manager and Kyle Knapp is their winemaker.
The Stolpman family rigorously dry-farms 163 acres under vine, observing organic growing practices (uncertified). The fruit used for its “Original Syrah” comes from the oldest plantings in the canyon. Like a growing number of California estates, Stolpman has a year-round “full-time vineyard crew,” says Peter Stolpman, “no migrant labor is employed.”
The Stolpman Originals Syrah 2014 is made from the oldest plantings of the grape variety in Ballard Canyon. There is arguably no better example of a value-driven high-end wine from this part of California. Our editors were also impressed by the L’Avion 2014 (GREAT WINE) made from Roussanne and The Angeli 2015 (GREAT WINE), another stand-out, not just for Santa Barbara County but for California in general.
TASTING ROOM Walk-ins welcome.
MAILING LIST Currently open.
SALES Tasting room, website, and national distribution.
WINERY TOURS Yes.
PRIVATE EVENTS Yes.
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