At Pence, we are guided by the concept of terroir, a French term that encompasses the location and environmental influences affecting grape quality, and underscores what for us has become an imperative: to farm vineyard blocks and grow fruit for Pence wines exclusively on our own land.
Our vineyard consists of 45 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay in the Sta Rita Hills AVA, a sunny, Pacific-cooled microclimate. Planted in 2006 on virgin ranch land situated on an elevated plateau, this acreage has been consistently managed by our full-time, residential crew, farming biotically and fortifying the soils through mineral balancing rather than systemic fertilization.
We rely on old-world techniques enhanced by contemporary technology and precision instruments.
The soil complexity, topography, climate and varying terroir present on the property reflect the diversity of a much larger geographic area. In effect, Pence vineyard is a microcosm of the entire Santa Barbara County wine region. To capitalize on this, we took great pains in planting the vineyard block by block, row by row and selection by selection to not only capture the nuances of the site, but to allow for its evolution. When a planting works, we support it. When it doesn’t, we try again in that particular micro-block.
The singularity of our terroir demands this treatment and results in wines that fully reflect their individual climates.