Mountain Drive in Santa Barbara in the nineteen fifties was a middle of bohemian daily life, impressed in portion, by Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’. Positioned in, what was then, an isolated region in the mountains previously mentioned Montecito, a abundant enclave then as now, and simply because of its then isolation, of cheap land – $one,000.- $2,000 an acre. Virtually all Mountain Motorists developed their own homes with the support of their buddies and neighbors and frequently without having the benefit of plans or permits.
A lot of, if not most, had day work but in the evenings and weekends they became accurate bohemians living their iconoclastic fantasies. They celebrated every little thing really worth celebrating, Robert Burns Birthday, Bastille Working day, Twelfth Night, the summer and winter season equinox, sunset and over all the grape harvest. Wine was the social lubricant in an age the place the dry martini reigned, and the wine of choice was Zinfandel from a small family winery in San Luis Obispo.
A Hollywood motion picture Seconds starring Rock Hudson includes the wine stomp as a central component of their narrative. Filmed on web site and with actual Mountain Motorists as extras.
Our 1st winemaker at Santa Barbara Winery was from Mountain Travel, an Optometrist by trade, but a bohemian by option. What started this practice of considered is that David Lafond life in the property of what was then one particular of the basic principle actors on Mountain Generate. David has resuscitated, after more than twenty many years absence, one of Mountain Drive’s most cherished celebrations – the Mountain Travel Wine Stomp and the deciding on of a Wine Queen.
These days, simply because of technological advances, only young children are authorized to stomp. Getting lighter they are gentler. In the very good previous times the complete group received into the vat and if possible bare. The wine did not switch out 50 % as effectively.
The bohemian spirit may have vanished, children rebel against their mother and father, and these are mostly the next era Mountain Motorists, and probably, just perhaps, sitting on million greenback homes is inhibiting, but they still have a very good time and the spirit is there. Hopefully the tradition will survive.
Even though in no way a component of this culture Santa Barbara Vineyard, and in reality, the total wine sector in Santa Barbara County owes a credit card debt to these pioneers and their enjoy of the grape.
There is a book, Mountain Drive, compiled and edited by Elias Chiacos, published by Shoreline Press, P.O. mountaindrives.com , Santa Barbara, CA 93130, that handles this early history of Mountain Push with an enough selection of photographs.