La Estancia Vineyard, in the historic Santa Lucia Highlands, was planted in 1973 by James Harkins - the same year his granddaughter and current vineyard manager, Erin Phillips, was born. Starting with Chualar loam - the alluvial and porous soil, rich with granite and sandstone, provide a nourishing environment for grape vines. The vineyard is enriched with many of Rudolph Steiner's farming principles to enliven the soil and bring the grapes to life! Erin brings a fresh approach to farming this 43-year-old vineyard. She adds only the lightest touch to maintain balance using the essential ingredients to growing tasty grapes: fresh soil, air, water, and most importantly adding loads of love!