A Wild Ride for 2022 Harvest

Recap: Harvest 2022

The 2022 harvest was challenging with its ill-timed rains and heat spikes, but our winery team is good at navigating around potential threats like these. You might say we are at our best when we get out of our comfort zone and guide the grapes to the best possible solution. Experience counts and we have been doing it for decades – with the same team! The high level of quality we deliver year after year in every wine speaks volumes. Our library wines attest to that. ▲

Knox’s Harvest Experience

A firsthand account of Knox Clendenen’s inaugural harvest with au bon climat

Knox Alexander Clendenen from Au Bon Climat Winery in Santa Barbara County

This has been my first harvest at ABC, and to say the least it has been an amalgamation of chaos and education. Since I started fresh out of college (graduated in August), I was not in the best of shape. After foot stomping grapes, doing punch-downs, moving bins, climbing barrels and everything in between, harvest has chipped away at my sloppy physique. I have learned a great deal in a very short amount of time, especially the qualities and philosophies that make Au Bon Climat unique. 

A normal day for me was starting the morning with punch-downs, then processing any reds that came in, cleaning the equipment afterwards, doing a second round of punch downs, and cleaning out fermenters that were being pressed. Harvest is not about doing a single job continuously; instead, it is about adapting and moving from one objective to another. Constantly changing the task made harvest seem a lot less repetitive than I had anticipated. 

The worst part about harvest is the state of my hands and fingernails. No matter how hard you scrub and clean you cannot remove the grime underneath your nails. Anytime I go to a store and people see my hands they think I am a troglodyte that knows not of the modern standards of cleanliness. Other than that, I have no real complaints, harvest is harvest, it’s never easy and that is to be expected. The real beauty of harvest is the people you bond with through the grueling labor. People who share the same passion and curiosity in winemaking. To be able to create something so elegant through what could be seen as a very crude process is what truly inspires and encourages me to work, and more importantly, learn. ▲

– Knox Alexander Clendenen

Harvest 2022

It’s a Family Affair!

It’s on! The air is electric with anticipation and our usual first grapes, Pinot Gris, arrived “on time.” Steady as she goes right now but weather reports are saying things will be heating up, with weeks of Indian Summer ahead. Jim Adelman, who has been head winemaker for over 30 years is at the helm so no worries.

Isabelle and Knox Clendenen standing next to grape harvest bins at Au Bon Climat winery

New to the wine team is Knox Clendenen who just graduated from his university studies in Tokyo and returned August 26 immediately delving into harvest here. Alongside is his sister Isabelle, who is also involved with sales and marketing. Au Bon Climat remains a family, hands-on business!

We invite you to enjoy the photos below from harvest this year.

Happy 40th to Us!

Celebrating 40 Years
Isabelle Clendenen standing next to a cardboard cut-out of Jim Clendenen at a 40th Anniversary celebration, Happy 40th Birthday cakes are on the table in front of Isabelle

Our 40th Anniversary Pig Roast at the Winery on July 30th was a true celebration.

Magnums of library wines flowed, great food, perfect weather, wonderful crowd, and the most amazing birthday cakes created by the local Bodega Bake Shop — thanks to Isabelle Clendenen’s cake sleuthing skills.

When Jim Clendenen began Au Bon Climat 40 years ago, one would doubt he could have envisioned the evolution of Au Bon Climat or the impact Jim himself would have on the world of wine. Au Bon Climat is held in high esteem throughout the wine industry and the wines are sold and enjoyed around the world. While sadly, Jim was not with us to celebrate, he was with us in spirit, and his passion and his Joie de Vivre comes through in his wines.

ABC is in the “Top 100 Wineries of the World”

Au Bon Climat is one of Wine & Sprits Magazine's Top 100 Wineries of the Year for the 3rd year in a row

Wine & Spirits Magazine just named Au Bon Climat one of the “TOP 100 Wineries in the World” for 2022 – that’s the third year in a row for us!

In addition, the last few weeks we have been raking in the big scores (90-95) from Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits Magazine. and Jeb Dunnuck. Some of the publications have just been released now and others are coming in the near future.

40th Anniversary Winery Open House

Sunday, July 31 ~ 12-3 pm

Jim Clendenen and Bob Lindquist holding glasses of red wine standing in front of wine barrels

Jim Clendenen started Au Bon Climat the same year Bob Lindquist (formerly of Qupe, now Lindquist Family) established his first winery in 1982. They have been making wine together ever since under the same roof. It’s been almost five years since our last open house, and we thought this was a good time for another party. Come celebrate! As we have in the past, we have asked the other wineries we work with to participate.

There will be an ocean of wine – special library wines. big bottles, current releases, and bargain wines for sampling and buying – not just from ABC but from the other wineries and brands including Lindquist Family, Verdad, Hitching Post, Clendenen Family, Vigneron, Bevela, Barham Mendesohn, and more. The event includes a Santa Maria Style BBQ created by our talented Cellar Master Enrique Rodriguez.

  • Meet the Winemakers
  • Over 60 wines
  • Library Wines & Big Bottles
  • Santa Maria Style BBQ
  • Vineyard Setting
  • Early Entrance for Wine Club Members

he event is from 12-3 pm, however, wine club members get an early entrance of 11 am. Club Members may purchase up to 4 tickets at the member price of $25 each. All other tickets and General Admission are $50 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance by July 25th through Tock. No refunds after July 18th. For General Admission tickets, purchase below. Wine Club Members, please email the tasting room for your special link. For questions, contact the tasting room at 805-963-7999 or email info@aubonclimat.com.