Michael Larner formally notified Central Coast Wine Report today that a petition to establish the Ballard Canyon AVA has been submitted to the TTB.
In an email this afternoon, Larner said:
"...a petition for an American Viticultural Area for Ballard Canyon has been submitted for review to the TTB. Although a long process is ahead with many bureaucratic steps, the approval for this AVA could take up to one year."
According to Larner, the details of the proposed AVA are:
Wes Hagen, winemaker at Clos Pepe Vineyard, who prepared the petition said the petition process "has also brought the growers and winemakers together with a singular purpose: to understand the uniqueness of their dirt and climate, and how to coax that flavor from the area and into a bottle."
Ballard Canyon (in Santa Barbara County's Santa Ynez Valley) runs roughly north-to-south just east of Highway 101, south of Highway 154, considerably north of Highway 246 (and Buellton and Solvang) and west of Los Olivos. The proposed AVA will, no doubt, span elevations from the floor of the canyon up to top of mesas - which can reach about 1,000 feet in elevation.