Beckmen Vineyards

Beckmen Vineyards
2670 Ontiveros Rd
Los Olivos, CA  93441

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Biodynamic farming practices, picnic grounds, scenic view, winemaker on site, sustainable farming practices

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Tucked in a quiet spot, just two miles south of the flag pole in downtown Los Olivos, Beckmen Vineyards has spent the last two decades earning its reputation as one of the nation’s premier producers of Rhône varietals.

The winery was founded in 1994 by Tom Beckmen and his son Steve. Tom, who grew up on a farm outside of Chicago, began searching for promising vineyard property in the early 1990s. He purchased an existing small winery on 40 acres and established Beckmen Vineyards. Two years later, Tom and Steve purchased another parcel: an amazing unplanted 365-acre Santa Ynez Valley ranch. The soils, composed of limestone similar to those found in Côte-Rôtie and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showed great promise for producing a range of stunning Rhône varietals (particularly Syrah and Grenache). As they planted Purisima Mountain Vineyard, they followed a meticulous planting process designed to maintain the site’s natural diversity. They designed it as a palette of small vineyards featuring 37 sub-blocks with numerous clone and rootstock selections.

Today, Purisima Mountain Vineyard is one of California’s most coveted vineyards for Rhône varieties. For more than ten years, Steve has applied 100 percent Biodynamic farming practices and couldn’t be more happy with the results. He feels that his efforts achieve the purest possible expression of Purisima Mountain Vineyard terroir. “Farming in this way also accentuates the diversity of our vineyard, which is another key element to our winemaking approach,” Steve says.

The winery’s estate vineyard program is a full-time job, so Steve relies on Winemaker Mikael Sigouin to oversee all daily winemaking operations. “He is always trying to improve quality,” Steve says. “The rapport we have built working together for more than a decade creates a seamless bridge between winegrowing and winemaking.” This symbiosis is evident in the Beckmen portfolio of exceptional Rhône varietals which have set a standard for the Santa Barbara County winegrowing community.

An interview with Winegrower Steve Beckmen

T&T: What does reaching the 20-year milestone as a winery means to you?

SB: Beyond the emotional milestone, and the fact that I have dedicated such a large portion of my life to this endeavor, reaching 20 years really speaks to how much we have learned about our region, our two vineyards, and the way we make our wines here at Beckmen. Having 20 vintages under our belt gives us a huge wellspring of knowledge to draw from. Every vintage teaches you something new, and if you are constantly paying attention and learning, the wines get better and better.

T&T: Personally, how do you feel about the success of Purisima Mountain Vineyard and Biodynamic farming practices?

SB: It’s an amazing feeling to walk through Purisima Mountain Vineyard and to remember what it looked like as unplanted land. At the same time, knowing what the vineyard has already achieved, and what it is capable of achieving in the decades to come, I know that I’ve helped to create something that will be here after I’m gone. Farming Biodynamically is part of this long-term vision, both from a quality standpoint, and in terms of thinking not just in growing seasons, but in generations.

T&T: Do you have any projections for the next 20 years?

SB: I think more of the world will learn what wine enthusiasts already know, that Santa Barbara County is making some of finest wines in California, and that Rhône varieties offer some of the most complex, appealing, and exciting wines anywhere. And whether in the New World, or the Old World, they also offer some of the greatest values.


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Tasting Room: No

Complimentary Tastings: No

Tastings — By Appointment Only: No

Tours: No

Tours — By Appointment Only: No

Private Tours: No

VIP & Educational Experiences: No

Exceptional Views: No

Club Member Lounge: No

Restaurant / Deli: No

Food / Wine Pairings: No

Gift Shop: No

Wedding Facilities: No

Event Facilities: No

Corp. Meetings: No

Guest House on Premises: No

Lawn Games: No

Family Friendly: No

Pet Friendly: No

Family Owned and Operated: No

Wine Cave: No

Art/Architectural Interest: No

Sustainable Practices: No

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