Location: Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley

Varietal: Syrah

John Belfy planted Tierra Alta in 2000. The site is one of the best locations for the Rhone varietals in Santa Barbara County. Tierra Alta is the steepest vineyard located in Ballard Canyon. The soils are rich with limestone that stresses the vines into producing intense dark fruit. The vineyard is all hand farmed and is cropped to levels of about 2.5 tons per acre.