In Lompoc you will find the Tasting
room of Ampelos Cellars. It is open by appointment only and make some of the best wines in the area.
Spending time in the
Santa Rita Hills of
California is one of our favorite pastimes. On this visit we stopped by
Ampelos Winery to help out our friends Peter and Rebecca Work, owners and wine makers.
Today we were following behind Peter and Rebecca as they were doing the "punch-down" which is the process of climbing on top of the bins and using a stainless steal rod to push the grape skins down three to four times a day. When they were finished with this process,
we measured the temperature and sugar content to see how the fermentation was progressing. After our hard work, we had a satisfying lunch and then barrel tasted wines with Peter. We barrel tasted the upcoming vintages. Learning by doing is always a great way to become intimately acquainted with the real labor and passion that is behind a winemakers desire to make the perfect bottle of wine. We want to thank Peter and Rebecca for the privilege of following them through the various stages of making their wonderful wines.