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Peake Ranch

Located on the eastern end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA on Santa Rosa Road, Peake Ranch is a 105-acre parcel with 50 acres of vines. The plantings include seven different clones of Pinot Noir, three clones of Chardonnay and two each of Syrah and Grenache. The plantings are all along a hill that covers most of the ranch, exposing the vines to the cool air that comes off the Pacific and into the Santa Ynez Valley. The combination of North, South, East and West facing slopes coupled with the exposure to varying degrees of the cool wind give the vineyard a diversity of fruit flavor profiles that is unique for a ranch of this size.

Owned by PhD Physicist and hedge fund manager, John Wagner, and his wife Gill, Peake Ranch Winery has gone from strength to strength in just a short time, to become one of Santa Barbara County's leading names.  In 2008, John entered into a partnership to develop 150 acres of land in the east of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, that was to become the John Sebastiano Vineyard. It is renowned as a "Grand Cru" for Pinot Noir Fruit. 

Winemaker: Wynne Sargant

Wines Produced

  • Chardonnay
  • Grenache
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah