Ancient Peaks Winery

3.75/4

22720 El Camino Real , Santa Margarita, CA 93453

About This Winery

The winery is owned by three local winegrowing families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms—who joined forces to pursue their mutual dream of crafting remarkable wines from their own vineyards in Paso Robles. Ancient Peaks Winery was established in 2005, and the
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The winery is owned by three local winegrowing families—the Filipponis, Rossis and Wittstroms—who joined forces to pursue their mutual dream of crafting remarkable wines from their own vineyards in Paso Robles. Ancient Peaks Winery was established in 2005, and the first wines were released in the summer of 2007.
 
The name Ancient Peaks is a tribute to the geologic heritage of San Luis Obispo County, which is most evident in the rugged volcanic peaks that cast impressive shadows across the region. The ancient forces behind these peaks also gave rise to the fossilized soils and climate-shifting terrain that shape our wines.
 
Ancient Peak’s wines hail exclusively from four family-owned vineyards in Paso Robles, with the majority coming from Margarita Vineyard, the appellation’s southernmost boundary. This vineyard resides in the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in 1774.
 
Wines are crafted under the guidance of Director of Winemaking Mike Sinor, who is one of the Central Coast’s highest-rated winemakers. He does not rely heavily on fining and other cellar manipulations to achieve a desired outcome.  Wines produced include Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
 
The newly opened tasting room resides on the main drag in the old western town of Santa Margarita. The saloon-themed facade fits perfectly with the towns character and charm. Inside the cozy interior is a comfortable venue to taste the wine and experience the warm Ancient Peaks hospitality.
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Winery Information

Hours: Open 11 to 5:30 Thursday to Monday
Tasting Fees: Tasting fee $5 credited with purchase
Price Range: $12 to $50 per bottle
Established: 2005
Vineyards: Three Vineyards
Production: 10,000 cases

Amenities

  • Barrel Sampling

Ambiances

  • Casual & Relaxed
  • Family Run
  • Historic Features
  • Kid Friendly
  • Off the Beaten Path

Wine Types

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah

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I took the free vineyard tour.. (every 1st and 3rd Saturday).with Karl Wittsrom.. Highly recommended. Very interesting history on how this vineyard evolved..A beautiful slice of Old California. This large Ranch has an truly amazing array of soil types and micro/meso climates..Unlike anything I have ever seen on one property.. Endless Possibilities..Ripe upfront fruit with good acidity.. One to watch..

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This winery's tasting room is new and in "downtown" Santa Margarita. It has a nice and cozy feel, which is the perfect environment to taste wine. The people here were all very friendly and the wines were so good and reasonably priced. The Zin, the Cab, the Syrah, the Merlot--all really good, richly flavored wines. We recommend the wines and a stop at their tasting room.

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We found this new tasting room in Santa Margarita on our way to Pozo Valley, now there are two downtown tasting rooms! They have built a very nice tasting room with lots of natural light and serve a large list of wines, all estate (almost 1000 acres!). There is a great value list, plus their White Label list at higher prices, but reasonable prices given the quality. They were serving the last of their 93 point Zinfandel, but their Cab at $16 is also a great value and the Petite Sirah on their White Label was excellent.

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