Winery Profile

Goodland Wines is a collaboration founded in 2011 between four friends and veterans of the Santa Barbara region: Matt Dees (winemaker at Jonata), Ruben Solorzano (Stolpman’s vineyard manager since 1994), Chris Snowden (Snowden Vineyards), and Dave Potter (Municipal Winemakers). The concept for Goodland is simple: an exploration of the diverse regions of the Santa Barbara area to start the discussion of what grapes are best suited for each region. From the cool Santa Rita Hills where Pinot and Chardonnay thrive, to Ballard Canyon for Rhone varietals, to the Happy Canyon where Bordeaux varietals thrive, Goodland is making tiny lots of wine to highlight each area. Thus, the wines are labeled in the European model, with the AVA receiving the most prominent placement on the label and the varietals not listed.


“Goodland is one of the most exciting new projects in California.” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media



Wine Info

Happy Canyon White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc): Sauvignon Musque clone. Aged in a blend of stainless steel barrels and neutral oak. No malolactic fermentation. Happy Canyon is the easternmost region of Santa Barbara County. As a result, this section of the Valley has the least marine influence, and the warmest climate with the largest diurnal swings. The soils are a mixture of loam and clay loam with interspersed cobbles, high in mineral levels while low in nutrients, resulting in small vines and very low grape yields. Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blancs are able to walk the line between richness and acidity.

Santa Rita Hills Red Wine (Pinot Noir): Dijon clone 115. 5% whole cluster fermentation. Fermentation started native and was finished with cultivated yeasts. Aged in 3 year-old French oak barrels. 49 cs.The Santa Rita Hills are part of the rare transverse mountain range that runs east-west, which provides a direct channel for coastal fog and wind to the greater Santa Ynez Valley… but it all passes through SRH. The climate is influenced by the ocean’s chill and its moderating effects. This is a rough place to grow grapes. Winds whip off the Pacific Ocean almost all day long, almost every day. When it’s not windy, it’s foggy. The temperatures rarely climb over 80 degrees in the summer, but they also rarely dip below mid-50’s and 60’s into November. The hills are white with diatomaceous earth, beach sand, clay and shale. The soils are tough and nutrient deprived.

Santa Rita Hills White Wine (Chardonnay): A combination of Wente and 548 clones harvested at 20.7 & 23.1 Brix. Gentle pressing into 2 & 3 year used French oak barrels with weekly lees stirring over the winter. 30% malolactic fermentation. The Santa Rita Hills are part of the rare transverse mountain range that runs east-west, which provides a direct channel for coastal fog and wind to the greater Santa Ynez Valley… but it all passes through SRH. The climate is influenced by the ocean’s chill and its moderating effects. This is a rough place to grow grapes. Winds whip off the Pacific Ocean almost all day long, almost every day. When it’s not windy, it’s foggy. The temperatures rarely climb over 80 degrees in the summer, but they also rarely dip below mid-50’s and 60’s into November. The hills are white with diatomaceous earth, beach sand, clay and shale. The soils are tough and nutrient deprived.

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