Originally part of the Rancho Corral de Piedra (Stone corral) land grant awarded to Jose Maria Villavicencio (known as Villa) in 1846 and totaled almost 31,000 acres. It included most of the southeastern portion of the Edna Valley, between the towns of Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo. The rancho had financial troubles during the drought of the 1860's and was mortgaged and then sold to Benjamin Steele and his brother Isaac. In the late 1860's, the original owners contested its sale and the case went to the US Supreme Court which they won. The family was represented by a New York attorney, who took the majority of the property as payment for his services. It was parceled up and sold in 1873.
In the 1973, parcel #6 of the Rancho was purchased by the Spreafico family and named 3S Ranch and consisted of about 700 acres.
In 1982, the Edna Valley AVA was approved and includes about 22,400 acres. It is known for having one of California’s longest growing seasons.
In 2002, our 80 acre portion of the 700 acre 3S Ranch was purchased by Bob and Louisa Lindquist and Qupe winery. In 2005, they planted almost 40 acres of vines, mostly with Syrah and Grenache, but also Pinot Noir, Tempranillo, Albarino, Marsanne and Viognier. They named it the Sawyer-Lindquist Vineyard and produced vineyard-designated wines under the Qupe and Verdad labels.
In September 2013, my siblings and I purchased the Sawyer-Lindquist Vineyard from Bob and Louisa. Rightfully, they kept their name and we renamed it to Slide Hill Vineyard. Slide Hill is 2½ miles north and watches over our vineyard from its perch in the Santa Lucia mountain range.
See Slide Hill block and varietal maps and read more about Slide Hill Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Albarino, Temparanillo, Marsanne, and Voignier.
We are proud to have certified biodynamic vineyards and a sustainable and honorable business method.
With a rich and long history dating back to 1846, this parcel of land has quite the story to tell!
We are lucky to work with some of the best local wineries. Find out which award winning wines are made with our product!