WHERE IT ALL BEGINS
The foundation of Lady of the Sunshine is found in the vineyard by prioritizing organic and biodynamic farming practices.
The Chene Vineyard
Edna Valley, the Central Coast of California
The Chene Vineyard is located in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County. Chene is a 6.5 acre vineyard that is densely planted with 12,000 vines, making up 5.5 acres of Pinot Noir and 1 acre of Chardonnay. The vineyard was planted in 2010 and is located on the south west side of the Edna Valley, 4 miles from the ocean. The soil composition is a mix of sandy and volcanic rock. This is a result of the volcanic activity that shaped the valley and it’s close proximity to the Pacific. The San Lucia Mountain range runs on the eastern border of the valley and the 9 Sisters run like a vein from Morro Bay down through Edna Valley.
The vineyard is owned by the Platt family who Gina met in 2014 while working her first vintage in Edna Valley at Chamisal Vineyards. When Gina moved back to the Central Coast in December of 2017, the Platt’s reached out to Gina to help them transition the vineyard towards biodynamics. Gina has been vineyard manager since January of 2018.
SOLVANG, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Lady of the Sunshine sources Sauvignon Blanc from the Coquelicot Vineyard. Coquelicot covers 52 acres and consists of 13 acres of certified organic Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard was planted in 1999 and the soils are a ballard gravelly fine sandy loam that are deep, well draining soils that formed in alluvial material from sedimentary rocks.
Happy Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains
Lady of the Sunshine found the Lindsley Vineyard through a dear friend that grew up down the road from the vineyard, tucked up in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taylor Muhley made the introduction, who owns a vineyard management company with his brother, farming small vineyards scattered all over the region. The Lindsley Vineyard is located in Happy Valley, in close proximity to the Mystery Spot as reference, and is planted on 2 acres that are bordered by pine tree forests and big sweeping skies. The vineyard was planted in 2012 on loamy sandstone soils and has been farmed organically since inception.