Mountain Push in Santa Barbara in the 1950s was a middle of bohemian lifestyle, influenced in part, by Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’. Located in, what was then, an isolated spot in the mountains over Montecito, a wealthy enclave then as now, and because of its then isolation, of inexpensive land – $one,000.- $2,000 an acre. Practically all Mountain Motorists constructed their possess homes with the help of their close friends and neighbors and usually without the gain of programs or permits.
A lot of, if not most, had working day employment but in the evenings and weekends they became real bohemians residing their iconoclastic fantasies. They celebrated every little thing worth celebrating, Robert Burns Birthday, Bastille Day, Twelfth Night, the summer season and winter equinox, sunset and earlier mentioned all the grape harvest. Wine was the social lubricant in an age in which the dry martini reigned, and the wine of preference was Zinfandel from a modest household winery in San Luis Obispo.
A Hollywood film Seconds starring Rock Hudson consists of the wine stomp as a central part of their narrative. Filmed on web site and with actual Mountain Motorists as extras.
Our very first winemaker at Santa Barbara Vineyard was from Mountain Travel, an Optometrist by trade, but a bohemian by selection. What started this prepare of believed is that David Lafond life in the property of what was then one particular of the theory actors on Mountain Drive. David has resuscitated, soon after more than twenty many years absence, a single of Mountain Drive’s most cherished celebrations – the Mountain Push Wine Stomp and the selecting of a Wine Queen.
Right now, simply because of technological developments, only kids are permitted to stomp. Being lighter they are gentler. In the excellent aged times the complete neighborhood got into the vat and if possible bare. The wine did not change out half as properly.
The bohemian spirit may have vanished, children rebel towards their parents, and these are primarily the second generation Mountain Motorists, and possibly, just possibly, sitting down on million dollar qualities is inhibiting, but they nevertheless have a great time and the spirit is there. Ideally the tradition will survive.
Although by no means a part of this tradition Santa Barbara Winery, and in simple fact, the whole wine sector in Santa Barbara County owes a personal debt to these pioneers and their adore of the grape.
There is a ebook, Mountain Travel, compiled and edited by Elias Chiacos, released by Shoreline Press, P.O. www.mountaindrives.com , Santa Barbara, CA 93130, that handles this early historical past of Mountain Travel with an ample variety of photos.