15 California Wines Gone Rhône-Style Wine Spectator Aug 14, 2017
New reviews of Syrah, Grenache and more from Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and beyond. Ampelos produces smoky, spicy Grenache from their Sta. Rita Hills vineyards in Santa Barbara.  


11 Robust California Rhône-Style Reds Wine Spectator Feb 26, 2017
New reviews of Syrah, Grenache and more from Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and beyond. Ampelos produces smoky, spicy Grenache from their Sta. Rita Hills vineyards in Santa Barbara.  ​


Santa Rita Hills Estate Bottling Raises Money for Shadow's Fund Santa Barbara Independant  Feb 28, 2017

Though growing and making biodynamic wine is their passion, Peter and Rebecca Work love their four-legged friends even more.


9 Coastal California Pinot Noirs Wine Spectator Feb 13, 2017

This week we shine our Pinot Noir spotlight in several directions, from Sta. Rita Hills to Santa Lucia Highlands to Mendocino....Ampelos show that quality Pinot Noir can also be affordable.


Organic vs Biodynamic: Q&A Podcast with Peter Work of ampelos vineyards, California The Sustainable Wine Blog Dec, 2016 

Back in September this year, driving through California's central coast (see last two posts and podcasts with Richard Sanford at Alma Rosa here and with Bob Lindquist of Qupe here ), I stopped off to meet Peter Work at Ampelos vineyards.​​


​Interview with Rebecca Work Monarch Radio Nov 19, 2016

Katherine Kitcho interviews Robecca Work of Ampelos Cellars about The Wine Ghetto and ampelos wines.


Dansk Vinbonde i USA (danish video) Jyske Bank Moneytor  Sep 9, 2016

If you understand Danish you may get it - if not enjoy the scenery...


Bud Grafting at Ampelos Vineyard (video) Alan Hancock Youtube Jun 1, 2016

Watch this video where Peter explains about grafting of the vines


Working the World of Pinot Noir George Eats Feb 18, 2016

Welcome to the wonderful world of Pinot Noir.


Ampelos Cellars Creates Exclusive Pinot Noir to Serve During Santa Barbara Film Fest Santa Barbara Independant Jan 28, 2016

​“Lights! Camera! Fermentation!" That might as well be the motto for Red Carpet Red, a wine commissioned by Visit Santa Barbara and made by Ampelos Cellars to celebrate the 2016 edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival


Ambassador in a Bottle: Santa Barbara Wine Becomes Important Marketing Tool During Awards Season Santa Barbara News-Press Jan 13, 2016

As TV and movie stars mingled and schmoozed during a slew of events leading up to Sunday’s Golden Globes, one particular bottle of Santa Barbara wine caught their eye. 


I Got Seduced by California's Other Wine Country New York Post Nov 17, 2015
Born and bred in Manhattan, I never thought Southern California and I would get along. The laid-back lass in a bikini top and cut-off jean shorts — you know, the one Katy Perry sings about — was simply too foreign from the fast-walking, black-wearing New Yorker I’ve become. But then I heard that acres of vineyards blanket rolling hills just 2½ hours north of LA....


Ampelos Vineyards Harvest Preview: Of Science and Senses Los Angeles Examiner Aug 14 2015

Harvest is an exciting time in wine country. A year of work is crystallized in a few long days, when many crucial decisions will determine the wine in the glass. It’s a delicate balancing act, hoping that Mother Nature, science, and logistics will cooperate.


​​​Kurt Russell Discovers That Winemaking Grows on Him Variety Apr 9, 2015

Russell has long decompressed from filming movies like “Backdraft” by nurturing an interest in wine, a passion that deepened as he and longtime partner Goldie Hawn biked around grapevine-intensive regions like France, Italy and the Napa Valley. “I started to notice especially the Burgundy area and the grand crus. I fell in love with pinot,” Russell says.  It wasn’t until Russell shot Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” in the Santa Rita Hills north of Santa Barbara that he started tasting with an eye toward someday making his own wine. After meeting Peter and Rebecca Work of Ampelos Cellar, he was inspired by their organic and sustainable biodynamic farming methods.


Kate Hudson on Wine and Show Business Wine Enthusiast Apr 1, 2015

The co-owner of Hudson Bellamy Wines and Hollywood actress sits down with Wine Enthusiast in an exclusive interview to discuss her favorite wines, the family business and her approach to winemaking.  


Ampelos Wines’ biodynamic brilliance Part 1 Examiner Jan 26, 2015
Cool climate elegance, intoxicating aromas and pure, concentrated fruit and spice, Ampelos Cellars wines are simply stunning. From Pinot Noir to Viognier, these wines are electric, alive in their varietal expression, exquisite in their balance and finesse.  


Ampelos Wines’ biodynamic brilliance Part 2 Examiner Jan 26, 2015
Ampelos "Rho" Pinot Noir is a big, lush wine, with concentrated aromas and flavors.  What sensory delights do these wines hold?


Schafer on Wine - Ampelos amps it up Wine Dofus Jan 9, 2015

Since my last visit to Ampelos Cellars in Lompoc, Peter and Rebecca Work have been busy.  Their estate vineyard in Santa Rita Hills has been certified as organically and biodynamically farmed and they have implemented the California winegrowers Sustainability in Practice (SIP) program.  


Sharing a Love for Greece, One Pour at a Time The Greek Star, Sep 26, 2014
California’s Central Coast boasts a Greek-inspired winery called Ampelos Cellars. Philhellenes Peter and Rebecca Work have infused their love for Greece, and are sharing that love, one pour at a time.

Kurt Russell on Wine Winemag Jun 11, 2014
The Hollywood star talks exclusively to Wine Enthusiast about his passion for winemaking and his new tasting room in California.

Editing Wine with Kurt Russell Santa Barbara Independant, Jun 5, 2014
CELEB SIPPER: Kurt Russell sniffs his way toward a 2012 blend of pinot noir for his Gogi project at the Ampelos Cellars facility in Lompoc, where owner/winemaker Peter Work (right) advises the actor.  

The Ampelos Cellars Hat Trick: Organic, Biodynamic, and Sustainable KCET Jun 4, 2014
Some wineries say things like, "Well, we're organic, mostly, unless we really need to spray... plus all that paperwork...and the expense." Some say, "We like most of Rudolf Steiner's teachings, but we might fudge the biodynamics if the right moon doesn't happen when we have to get the grapes in.

California Rosés - 10 to Brighten Your Day Wine Spectator May 19, 2014
Tasting Highlights bring the best wines from our editors’ most recent tastings to WineSpectator.com members.  Temperatures are rising here in California as summer approaches, and it’s ideal weather for drinking rosé.


Ampelos Cellars: A winery that is cutting edge, passionate and proud Examiner Apr 16, 2014
Since the Wine Institute has designated April as Earth Month, Examiner is exploring wineries that utilize sustainable practices in most aspects of their grape growing and wine making process. Each winery employs their own set of standards and principles to attain their goal of sustainability. One winery that is determined to pave the way to establishing a strong foothold in the green practices movement and a pioneer in the field is Ampelos Cellars.

Kurt Russell's life as an actor plays out by his own rules LA Times Mar 14, 2014
Classic Hollywood: Kurt Russell's zigzag career has been propelled by his choice to pursue his dreams outside Hollywood.   Since making the Quentin Tarantino "Death Proof" segment of "Grind House" in 2007, Russell has turned much of his attention to making wine. In his quest to make "great" pinot, he teamed Ampelos Cellars in Sta. Rita Hills.


​Peter Receives the Danish American Innovation Award SYV News Sept 13, 2013
Peter Work, owner of Ampelos Cellars, has been recognized with the 2013 Danish American Innovation Award by the Danish-American Chamber of Commerce of Southern California (DACC). The award, presented to business leaders who make exceptional contributions that favor the Danish and American communities, celebrates Work’s distinct achievement in building along with his wife, Rebecca, the first triple-certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyard in America.


Wine 101: Shoot Thinning, Watering & Flowers Santa Barbara Independant Jul 13, 2013
Farming is usually about growing as much fruit as possible, but for the fine wine grapes grown in the manner of Ampelos Vineyard and most other properties in the Sta. Rita Hills, less is more, so potential clusters-to-be are chopped from the vines while other growths get strategically snipped away. 

Wine 101: Buds are Breaking Santa Barbara Independant Apr 13, 2013
If your travels have taken you through Santa Barbara wine country in recent days, you’ve probably noticed that the vines are starting to come to life by shooting out their first green leaves. This is bud break, and the perfect time for the next installment in our Wine 101 series, with Professor Peter Work of Ampelos Vineyard answering our questions about this critical time in the growing season.


Wine 101: Powers of Pruning Santa Barbara Independant Feb 25, 2013
In 2012, a good friend and I enrolled in what might best be called Wine Grape Growing 101, a yearlong experience of following the seasons in Santa Barbara County vineyards on the way to making our first barrel of wine.


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