At D’Alfonso-Curran, we focus our efforts on making great wines and leave the growing of world-class grapes to the viticulturalists, from whom we purchase all of our fruit. We are fortunate to be located in this very unique wine grape growing region of our world.
Here in Santa Barbara County, and the AVAs of Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Ynez Valley, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara and to some extent Santa Maria Valley, there is a unique mountain range called the Transverse Range. It is here, that the only mountain range in both the Northern and Southern Americas run East-West. Every other mountain range on these two continents are north-south running. This creates a unique funnel of oceanic influence into the valleys. Morning maritime fog rolls in slowly and finally meets the warm desert air flowing from the east and the Los Padres National Forest.
Santa Barbara County enjoys the longest growing season in California, making D’Alfonso-Curran’s harvest season stretch from August through November. Kris and Bruno have lovingly selected varietals to craft that they have a shared passion for. D’Alfonso-Curran has taken this same care in selecting vineyards to purchase fruit. Kris & Bruno have developed long standing relationships with the following exceptional vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County: