Originally founded in 1986, the Cambria winery and its vineyards are located in Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara, California. The winery specialises in superb quality single vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs together with limited quantities of Viognier and Syrah.Family-owned, sustainably-farmed, and passionately tended by a team proud to be stewards of this remarkable property. Each wine bearing the Cambria name is grown, produced and bottled on the estate. For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and passionately tended to the remarkable Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson’s daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among the estate’s vines. Drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking, Katie and Julia continue the family business. Together with Barbara Banke’s keen knowledge of the industry and incredible business sense, Katie’s passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia’s creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities, these women of Cambria shape this winery’s unique identity. The men and women of Cambria have over 200 years of experience cultivating the land and crafting their wines. For three decades, Cambria winemaker Denise Shurtleff has been honing this ancestral knowledge, creating Santa Maria Valley wines that showcase the nuances of the region. Matt Mahoney, Vineyard Manager and Patrick Huguenard, Vineyard Director are natives of this valley where they farmed the soil on family ranches from a young age.
We have wonderful people working here...they are family, plain and simple.
Santa Maria Valley has a unique West-East orientation in California, exaggerating the influence of the ocean and thus giving it one of the longest growing seasons in California.
The sun here is fierce, the days are long, and the evening fog provides a natural cooling influence for the vines. The cool maritime climate, diverse soil types, and striking geography all contribute to making the region something extraordinary. The wines are a faithful expression of the estate, with the grapes sourced from four distinct vineyards. Each brings its own particular characteristics into the wine – the fractured rock, the grains of sand, the elevation, the degree of sunlight, the movement of the wind, the caress of the fog.
Benchbreak Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are wines that reflect the estate vineyards and their locations. The Viognier and Syrah are sourced exclusively from the historic Tepusquet vineyard which was one of the first commercially planted vineyards in Santa Barbara County.