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Ancient Peaks
May 29, 2013 | Ancient Peaks

Big Machines, Small Footprint

When you think of eco-friendly practices, big machinery isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.

But at our estate Margarita Vineyard, a couple of iron giants—specifically modern multi-function, multi-row tractors—have become an integral part of our sustainable winegrowing program.

Our two multi-row tractors, including the French-made Pellenc pictured here, have taken the place of six traditional tractors.

Because they serve multiple rows at a time and offer simultaneous function for mowing, trimming, pre-pruning and other uses, they have reduced our tractor passes (ie: travel up and down the vine rows) by more than 80 percent. This, in turn, has minimized soil compaction while cutting diesel fuel consumption.

Tractors are a necessary part of farming, but tractor passes cause soil compaction over time. Compaction results in stormwater runoff, which wastes precious water while exacerbating soil erosion. When the compaction becomes too great, the soil must be ripped—which requires more tractor passes and fuel consumption.

So ironically enough, these big machines have significantly lightened our environmental footprint at Margarita Vineyard. They were a huge investment for us, but also a wise one in the long run.

Ancient Peaks
May 24, 2013 | Ancient Peaks

Rare Wines, Remarkable Food & Ocean Views

Are you ready for an epic evening of library wines and incredible food while soaking up panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean? 

If so, you are invited to join Winemaker Mike Sinor and Chef Meagan Loring of Lido Restaurant in the cozy penthouse suite at Dolphin Bay Resort in Shell Beach on June 21.

Throughout the evening, Mike will share rare and library wines from Ancient Peaks 
 Ancient Peaks Winery and Sinor-LaVallee Wine Company—all paired with Chef Meagan' inspired dishes. You can expect some tasty surprises along the way, too.

This is one wine dinner you’ll never forget! The cost is $100 per person, and space is limited. For more information, and to RSVP, contact us at or (805) 365-7045.

Ancient Peaks
May 16, 2013 | Ancient Peaks

Roll Out a (Half) Barrel

Roll on over to our tasting room in old town Santa Margarita and roll out with your own half oak wine barrel to use as a planter, dog bed, fountain or other creation as we celebrate SLO Wine Country’s Roll Out The Barrels weekend on June 22-23.

Indeed, we are offering complimentary half barrels to take home with the purchase of a case or more (one per person, while supplies last). We will also be providing appetizers with our wine tastings throughout the weekend. Visit for full schedule of local events, including the Barrels in The Plaza grand tasting in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Ancient Peaks
May 3, 2013 | Ancient Peaks

New Clusters Bring Next Vintage

This is how a new vintage is born...After winter dormancy, the little buds on the vines break open every spring, a development that is known as "bud break."

From the buds comes the first new growth of the vintage, including young shoots and baby clusters. Soon, the baby clusters will "flower" and self-pollinate to set the crop, and within a few months the young shoots will turn into robust vine branches (called canes) and the clusters will swell in size. 

Our estate Margarita Vineyard is the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles AVA, and occupies one of the region's coolest locations, which makes for a long growing season. In other words, these new clusters are going to take their own sweet time to reach full ripening, but they are officially on their way!


Time Posted: May 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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