Inspired by the winemaking heritage of the Southern Rhône Valley, Io is unique to Santa Barbara County. Its style is reminiscent of the dark fruit characteristics found in the great red wines of the Northern Rhône Valley, but its harmonious marriage of several varieties-namely Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre-reflects the tradition of artful blending of the Southern Rhône. Fruit for Io is sourced from two outstanding Santa Barbara County vineyards-the Byron Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley and the Stolpman Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley. The temperate, marine-influenced climate and lean soils of both appellations are vitally important to the development of fully ripe, world-class quality fruit. Santa Barbara County enjoys an exceptionally long growing season due in part to its southern latitude that prompts an early budbreak. Cool temperatures further extend the maturation cycle and result in a long hang time for the grapes-critical to achieving wines of great character and concentration.