Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara received its designation as an AVA in 2009. Sitting on 23,940 acres, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara is located on the eastern edge of the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. The soil is a mixture of loam and clay loam and is known for imparting a mineralogy to the grapes. The soil is considered infertile, causing the vines to grow smaller in size and focus their efforts on the fruit. The mornings climate often features low lying fog that gives way to afternoon sun. The daytime temperatures oven break 90 degrees during the peak of the growing season. The region is known for its production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Syrah.
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