Murmur Ranch Vineyard is a dramatic and diverse vineyard of recent origin located in the Southern area of the Santa Maria Valley close to highway 101 and only 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Exceptionally planned, planted, and expertly managed by Rob Murray, the layout of this vineyard is tailored specifically to its terroir and includes Rhone and Burgundian plantings. As a result, the vineyard produces a quality of fruit only achieved when conditions are ideal for each vine. Murmur Vineyard is an eclectic 213-acre vineyard located in the proposed southern extension of the Santa Maria Valley AVA- the Solomon Hills area.
There are several microclimates within Murmur Ranch, and the elevation and soils differ greatly from one portion of the vineyard to another. In the Northern reaches of the property, the soil is predominantly sandy. The elevations there vary from 350 feet at the lowest point to 1000 feet at the highest, offering breathtaking ocean views. The slopes are predominantly south-facing, lending ideal terroir for ripening fruit in a cool climate. In the middle of the property, canyons with loamy, gravelly, alluvial soils prevail. The entire property features steady maritime airflow, soils low in PH, and steep slopes of up to 30% gradient. The winters and spring at Murmur Ranch are usually fairly mild due to the vineyard’s proximity to the ocean, with vines starting to push in March. By late spring, the weather is warm and sunny, though the trend subsides in June and July when conditions grow cooler and windier. Typically by early July, the site sees conditions ideal for grape ripening with cool, foggy mornings and sunny, warm afternoons.