This appellation is the oldest in this portion of California. Grape growing in this region dates back to the Mexican Colonial period of the 1830s. In the late 1960s commercial vineyards were planted to supply wineries around the state. Since then, vineyards in the valley have come to encompass 7,500 acres (3,000 ha).
The Santa Maria Valley is a natural funnel-shaped valley opening west to the Pacific Ocean. The elevation of the area ranges from approximately 200 feet (60 m) at the intersection of Highway 101 and Santa Maria River to approximately 3,200 feet (980 m) at Tepusquet Peak. The grapes that are grown within the area are on the valley floor at an approximate elevation of 300 feet (90 m) and on the slopes and rolling hillsides up to an elevation of 800 feet (240 m). The soils within the area range in texture from a sandy loam to clay loam and are free from adverse salts.
Since the valley opens to the ocean, there is no opposition to the sea fog that moves in overnight, engulfing lower lying vineyards, and often lingering into mid-day. This creates a cool growing environment that is a Region I on the Winkler Scale. The valley features a long growing season and very little rainfall, meaning grapes have extensive time to build flavor on the vine.
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About Cambria

Long before the Santa Maria Valley benchland was recognized as a great winegrowing region, the native Chumash Indians knew it as "tepuztli," meaning copper coin. Later, Spanish settlers translated the word as Tepusquet. Proprietor Barbara Banke acquired a large portion of the original Tepusquet Vineyard  in 1986 to serve as the site for Cambria winery. Over the last two decades the vineyard has been expanded, replanted and updated with new clones and rootstocks to take advantage of the unique climatic and geological conditions of the Santa Maria Bench.

Estate defines the culture of Cambria. For more than 25 years, they have produced wines that faithfully express the singular stamp of one of the finest cool-climate crus in California. In this exceptional setting known as benchland, referring to the way the foothills rise up from the valley floor, the ancient, complex soil hosts the vineyards of their estate winery.

Family-owned, sustainably-farmed, and passionately tended by a team proud to be stewards of this remarkable property, each wine they produce is 100% estate, fully revealing the essence of the Santa Maria Bench.

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Wine Selection

- White -
Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay
Cambria Bench Break Chardonnay

- Red -
Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Cambria Bench Break Pinot Noir


# ENOTECA is appointed as the Official Distributor of Cambria wines in Hong Kong.

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