Hidden Canyon is a very special place for Tripp Wines. The vineyard is located off of Campbell Road, which is on the northern side of HWY 246, just east of Melville's Eastside Vineyards. The vineyard was planted in 2011 on a level plane of sand/loam soil. All vines are trained on a VSP trellis and are Pinot Noir Clone 667, which was originally grafted on rootstock, but is now replanted using own-rooted vines we propagate ourselves. Only 11 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Hidden Canyon benefits from extreme diurnal shifts, meaning very cool nights transition into sunny, warm days with high temperatures averaging in the upper 70s during the growing season. The vineyard is farmed and managed exclusively by Tripp. Come harvest time, it becomes a team effort among the Tripp Wines family and whoever else we can recruit to help! Hidden Canyon also has personal significance to the Tripp Wines family. Tripp and his wife, Claire, were married there in 2021. We are so proud to now be partnering professionally with owner Erin O'Bryan and Hidden Canyon, and we cannot wait to share with the world how special wine from this site can be!
On top of a beautiful vineyard, there are also horses, Daisy the cow, a tortoise, a vegetable garden, beautiful grounds plus multiple great lodging options.
This historically significant property has been a Santa Barbara agriculture pioneer for over 200 years and they are still going strong today. In recent years they have decided to diversify in many ways, one of which is planting vineyards and we at Tripp Wines feel incredibly proud to have been approached to manage one of those Vineyards! Located right off the Pacific Coast Highway, this incredibly unique property is within 3 miles of the coast but is protected by severe winds due to being nestled within multiple mountain ranges, while still benefiting from the cool temperatures that being near the pacific ocean provides. The grapes planted in the vineyard we manage are Mission grapes, planted from cuttings rumored to have been taken from the original Franciscan monk's vineyard they managed on the property during the Spanish settlement of California. The mission grape's wine potential is still relatively unknown since the variety is sparsely planted however we cannot wait to see what it unfolds for us!