Ancient Peaks Winery

Ancient Peaks is a family owned winery showcasing estate varietals from Margarita Vineyard.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • About
    Our estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked against the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Here the vines unfold along a rare array of five distinct soil types- ancient sea bed, rocky alluvium, shale, volcanic and granitic. The resulting wines express an unmistakable sense of place with flavors that are native to Margarita Vineyard and its stand alone Santa Margarita Ranch Sub Appellation. The tectonic geological forces and cool growing region produce fruit with inherent balance, natural complexity, and rich varietal flavors.
    Ancient Peaks Winery is owned by three longtime local winegrowing and ranching families- the Filipponis, Rossis, and Wittstroms. Two generations are actively involved in the daily operations of the vineyard and winery.
    The wines are crafted under the guidance of Mike Sinor, a local winemaking veteran and one of the highest-rated winemakers on the Central Coast. Together the Ancient Peaks team is committed to making wines that honor the extraordinary character and flavors of Margarita Vineyard.
    Our downtown Santa Margarita Tasting Room & Cafe offers samplings of our wines as well as wine friendly cuisine including artisan cheese and meats.
  • Vineyard Details
    • The peaks are the first thing you see as you approach Margarita Vineyard-looming testaments to the tectonic forces that shaped the vineyard's uniquely complex geology. Here, the terrain is rich with dramatic shale outcroppings and fields of petrified oyster shells.
    • First Date Planted: 1999
    • Last Date Planted: 2015
    • Row Orientations: North-South, East-West
    • Row Spacings: 9 feet
    • Trellis Type: Bi-Lateral
    • Rootstock: varies
    • Soil Types: Ancient Sea Bed, Rocky Alluvium, Shale, Volcanic, Granitic
    • Slope Description: varies
    • Aspect: varies
    • Harvest Method: varies
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Cabernet Franc | acres

    • Merlot | acres

    • Zinfandel | acres

    • Pinot Noir | acres

    • Syrah Noir | acres

    • Chardonnay | acres

    • Malbec | acres

    • Petit Verdot | acres

    • Sauvignon Blanc | acres

    • Petite Sirah | acres

    • Muscat Canelli | acres

    • Cabernet Franc | acres

    • Sangiovese | acres

    • Sangiovese | acres

    • Primitivo | acres

    • Viognier | acres