The rolling hills around
Cambria Winery have all it takes to create wines of exceptional character. Well-drained
soils, a cool, fog-laden climate, and gently sloping vineyards that face south
toward the sun combine to create world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
These ideal conditions, found here in Santa Barbara County's Santa Maria Valley,
result in wine grapes that have been allowed to ripen slowly, developing a depth
of flavor and complexity not found anywhere else. This intensity and balance
is the measure of Cambria wines.
The History The Cambria Vineyards sit on land originally
inhabited by the Chumash Indians. In 1836, the Mexican Government granted more
than 8,900 acres in the area to the Olivera family as "Rancho Tepusquet". The
ranch was sold to the Ontiveros family in 1857 and held by various descendants
until the development of the modern vineyards.
The name "Tepusquet" comes from the Chumash encampment at the base of the Tepusquet
Canyon. The word has been translated as "painted or colored rocks" or "when
the fish grabs the hook." 19th century English and Welsh settlers named the
area "Cambria", a Roman word for Wales.
Modern vineyards were first planted in 1970. The Tepusquet Vineyards became
a source of Chardonnay for Ridge, Kendall-Jackson, Acacia, ZD, Concannon, Beringer,
Chateau Montelena and others. In 1987, Jess Jackson purchased the property and
established Cambria Vineyards-- to ensure access to the quality grapes raised
here. A new winery building was built in 1990, with a second barrel-aging facility
added in 1995.
Cambria Winery and Vineyard / 5475 Chardonnay Lane / Santa Maria, CA 93454
/ (888) 339-9463