Zotovich Vineyards & Winery is a small, family-owned operation located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, in the middle of Northern Santa Rita Hills, between Buellton and Lompoc. The vineyard was purchased 15 years ago by Steve Zotovich, legend says the deed signed the day Sideways was released in theaters. The first estate wines were produced 2 years later. The vineyard's original owners planted it in the late 1990's, almost entirely to Italian varietals. Steve grafted over to the current mix of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier when he bought it. Grenache went in 10 years later.
Premium wine cannot be made without exceptional grapes. We aim to farm the highest quality grapes by closely monitoring our maturing vines. Our initial selection of varietals and clones was based on extensive soil samples. Vines form a partnership with the earth. We strive to extract much of what the earth so freely offers into our wines. Not only do we need to be good stewards of the grapes, we need to be good stewards to the land as well. The two are very symbiotic. The utmost care and attention is given to our vineyard to ensure the highest quality fruit possible.