Tim Perr, co-founder of Pali Wine Co., announced Tuesday that the winery has secured a long-term lease on the 22-plus-acre Huber Vineyard, owned by Norman and Traudl Huber, longtime winemakers of Huber Cellars wines. The Huber Vineyard, first planted by Norman Huber in 1987, is one of the oldest vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Like the properties around it, the vineyard benefits from the region's cool climate, stream of coastal fog and soils comprised of sandy loam.
The property includes eight acres of pinot noir clone 115 and three of clone 667. In addition, it contains 11 acres of chardonnay, Wente clone, and 1.5 acres of Dornfelder.
While the Hubers will continue to produce their Dornfelder wine, Pali will craft pinot noir and chardonnay vineyard-designate wines from Huber, and use some of its grapes for its "Summit" Sta. Rita Hills cuveé bottling.
Atlas Vineyard Management will farm the vineyard for Pali.
"This is a great vineyard, and as we grow our brand, we are looking to secure more prime vineyard sources so that we can control the price and quality of our wine on the shelves in the long-term. Our intention is to always bring the best wine at the best prices to our customers," Perr said.
"We could not be happier to have leased the vineyard from two of the nicest and most authentic people in Santa Barbara County, Norman and Traudl Huber," he added.
Pali Wine Co. was created by Perr and Scott Knight in 2005 to focus on specific pinot noir and chardonnay from prestigious sites in California and Oregon. The two named Pail after their hometown of Pacific Palisades.
Aaron Walker is Pali's winemaker, and Kenneth Juhasz the consulting winemaker. Information: www.paliwineco.com