Mountain Drive in Santa Barbara in the 1950s was a centre of bohemian lifestyle, influenced in portion, by Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’. Located in, what was then, an isolated spot in the mountains over Montecito, a rich enclave then as now, and because of its then isolation, of cheap land – $one,000.- $two,000 an acre. Nearly all Mountain Motorists built their personal residences with the help of their pals and neighbors and typically without having the advantage of ideas or permits.
A lot of, if not most, experienced day jobs but in the evenings and weekends they turned real bohemians living their iconoclastic fantasies. They celebrated almost everything well worth celebrating, Robert Burns Birthday, Bastille Working day, Twelfth Night time, the summer time and winter season equinox, sunset and above 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 little loved ones vineyard in San Luis Obispo.
A Hollywood movie Seconds starring Rock Hudson involves the wine stomp as a central portion of their narrative. Filmed on internet site and with genuine Mountain Drivers as extras.
Our very first winemaker at Santa Barbara Vineyard was from Mountain Drive, an Optometrist by trade, but a bohemian by option. What started out this teach of imagined is that David Lafond life in the house of what was then 1 of the basic principle actors on Mountain Drive. David has resuscitated, following a lot more than twenty many years absence, one of Mountain Drive’s most cherished celebrations – the Mountain Generate Wine Stomp and the picking of a Wine Queen.
These days, since of technological advancements, only young children are authorized to stomp. Becoming lighter they are gentler. In the good outdated times the total community obtained into the vat and ideally naked. The wine did not turn out 50 percent as nicely.
The bohemian spirit may have vanished, kids rebel from their dad and mom, and these are largely the next generation Mountain Drivers, and possibly, just probably, sitting down on million dollar houses is inhibiting, but they still have a very good time and the spirit is there. Ideally the tradition will survive.
Though never ever a part of this society Santa Barbara Vineyard, and in fact, the whole wine industry in Santa Barbara County owes a credit card debt to these pioneers and their adore of the grape.
There is THe Mountain Drives Experience , Mountain Travel, compiled and edited by Elias Chiacos, revealed by Shoreline Press, P.O. Box 3562, Santa Barbara, CA 93130, that addresses this early heritage of Mountain Generate with an sufficient selection of photos.