The Los Olivos Winegrowers Alliance is a non-profit association of vintners and growers whose purpose is to promote the unique character of its wine-growing region and exploit the potential for excellence in its wines, with the goal of establishing its own American Viticultural Area (AVA).
The Los Olivos District's boundaries coincide with the boundaries of the true geographic Santa Ynez Valley, as well as the historic ( pre-automobile ) Santa Ynez Valley, where the townships of Ballard (1880), Santa Ynez (1882), Los Olivos (1887), and Solvang (1896) are located. The Los Olivos District is located within the Santa Ynez River Valley, which by its length, complex topography, and strong maritime influence, presents a wide range of mesoclimates. One of the most distinguishing features of the Los Olivos District relative to other California AVAs, is the uniformity of its geology and soils.
The Los Olivos District is entirely within the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, sharing a common boundary with Ballard Canyon AVA on the west side, and sharing a common boundary with the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara on the east side. The northern boundary incorporates for the most part a 1000-foot elevation line which separates the topographically rugged foothills of the San Rafael mountains to the north from the gentle rolling hills to the south. This 1000-foot line also marks the northern boundary limit of the Positas-Ballard-Santa Ynez soil series, the dominant soil type of the Los Olivos District. The southern boundary is defined by the Santa Ynez River, which marks a change in geology and principal soil type.
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