The American Syrah Report  ​Enobytes March 2019

Syrah made its way to North America in the 1800s, yet, acreage remained scarce until the 21st century. It wasn’t until the 1980s when Rhone Rangers’ visionaries revived Rhône varietals, which dramatically increased Syrah plantings across California.


It is All in the Taste American Journal of Enology February 2019
​A new review published in the prestigious American Journal of Enology and Viticulture has found when it comes to taste, "going organic" consistently produced positive results.


Learn about Peter & Rebecca Farming Beliefs  (video)  Youtube Jan, 2019

Peter & Rebecca talk about how they started, why we believe in biodynamic and our wine making practices.


9 Striking Rhône-Style California Reds  Wine Spectator Dec 18, 2018

There's no such thing as a typical California Rhône-style red. Syrah, the key grape, is distinctly pliable to a range of growing conditions and winemaking styles, making everything from potent and dark gamy reds to jammy and soft fruit bombs. This week's selection of new releases proves that point with a lively cross-section of personalities, regions and grapes.


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 NoirGeorge 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 CountryNew 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 BusinessWine 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.  




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