312 N. 9th St.
Lompoc CA 93436
Peter and Rebecca Work purchased their 82-acre estate in the Santa Rita hills of Santa Barbara county in 1999 and in 2001, they decided to devote themselves full-time to grape growing and winemaking. Vineyard manager Jeff Newton consults on growing practices with Peter and Rebecca actually farming the grapes. They called the winery Ampelos after the Greek word for vine.
Of their 82 acres, 25 are planted to vine, including Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, and more recently Riesling. The entire farm is organic and biodynamic certified and the estate also holds a Sustainable in Practice certification (as they note on their website, they actually absorb more CO2 than they produce). The soils are the classic mix of sandy and clay loam, typical in this part of Santa Barbara County.
The flight of 2013 vintage wines that the estate submitted for our tasting panel was truly spectacular, across the board. But it was the Grenache 2013 (SLOW WINE), with its remarkable vibrancy and its gorgeous balance of fruit and earth, that really stood out. “These wines taste like they are alive in the bottle,” noted one of our editors, who said that the wines were still very fresh even after being open for five days. Although not submitted for the 2018 tasting panel, the winery’s rosé from Syrah, with a small amount of white grapes added as well, is definitely worth seeking out.
TASTING ROOM Walk-ins welcome.
MAILING LIST Currently open.
SALES Website and national distribution.
WINERY TOURS n/a.
PRIVATE EVENTS n/a.
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Image via the Ampelos Cellars website.