Mountain Travel in Santa Barbara in the fifties was a heart of bohemian existence, impressed in component, by Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’. Positioned in, what was then, an isolated spot in the mountains previously mentioned Montecito, a abundant enclave then as now, and simply because of its then isolation, of low cost land – $one,000.- $2,000 an acre. Virtually all Mountain Drivers built their own homes with the help of their friends and neighbors and typically with no the advantage of plans or permits.
A lot of, if not most, experienced day jobs but in the evenings and weekends they became true bohemians residing their iconoclastic fantasies. They celebrated everything worth celebrating, Robert Burns Birthday, Bastille Working day, Twelfth Night time, the summer and winter equinox, sunset and above all the grape harvest. Wine was the social lubricant in an age exactly where the dry martini reigned, and the wine of preference was Zinfandel from a small loved ones vineyard in San Luis Obispo.
A Hollywood film Seconds starring Rock Hudson contains the wine stomp as a central part of their narrative. Filmed on site and with actual Mountain Motorists as extras.
Our very first winemaker at Santa Barbara Vineyard was from Mountain Travel, an Optometrist by trade, but a bohemian by option. What began this teach of considered is that David Lafond life in the house of what was then one particular of the principle actors on Mountain Push. click here has resuscitated, right after more than 20 years absence, one of Mountain Drive’s most cherished celebrations – the Mountain Generate Wine Stomp and the deciding on of a Wine Queen.
Nowadays, because of technological advances, only youngsters are allowed to stomp. Currently being lighter they are gentler. In the great outdated days the complete local community got into the vat and if possible naked. The wine did not switch out fifty percent as nicely.
The bohemian spirit could have vanished, kids rebel against their dad and mom, and these are largely the 2nd technology Mountain Drivers, and perhaps, just probably, sitting down on million dollar homes is inhibiting, but they even now have a good time and the spirit is there. With any luck , the custom will endure.
Although by no means a portion of this society Santa Barbara Vineyard, and in fact, the complete wine sector in Santa Barbara County owes a financial debt to these pioneers and their love of the grape.
There is a book, Mountain Push, compiled and edited by Elias Chiacos, published by Shoreline Push, P.O. Box 3562, Santa Barbara, CA 93130, that addresses this early heritage of Mountain Travel with an sufficient selection of images.