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On The Spotlight, A Near Missed Tragedy

Published on 3/24/2016
For additional information  Click Here

 

 

GOLD MEDAL WINE CLUB

DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

OUR SPOTLIGHT WINERY

Celebrating 22 years

"The wines produced by these boutique wineries are

among the best in the world."

 

 

 

On The Spotlight

March 24, 2016

Presenting

Ampelos Cellars

Santa Barbara County region

 

 

"The first vineyard in Santa Barbara County to be certified sustainable, organic and biodynamic"

 

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, Peter Work was scheduled to be in a meeting at the World Trade Center. A last minute cancellation and near miss with tragedy caused him and wife Rebecca to reevaluate things and question whether they should do something more meaningful with their lives. Peter and Rebecca both had successful careers in the corporate world, with their names atop such companies as Walt Disney, World Com, and Price Waterhouse - which is where they met.”

Peter hails from Denmark and earned his degree from Princeton. He was working as an Information Technology Consultant for Price Waterhouse on that morning. Rebecca, an Alaskan native, yearned for the big city life and eventually found her way into consulting firms in Los Angeles and eventually became a CIO.

“The pair loved getting away to wine country on the weekends and even purchased some property in the Santa Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County, on which they planned to someday live out their dream life of growing vineyards and making their own wines. That cancelled meeting on September 11th and the long, tiresome journey back to Los Angeles, made the Works realize that someday was today! “Our son, Don Schroeder, had fallen in love with the wine country of Santa Barbara, and was working his way up as a winemaker for many of the county’s small up-and-coming wineries,” Rebecca Work recently explained.”

 

 

Their son agreed to help get the vineyard underway. And so with the planting of their first 15-acre vineyard, mostly to “Pinot Noir and Syrah, with a little Viognier intended for blending, was the beginning of a dream the two had shared.” The first four years was a brand new learning experience for both of them and was spent on learning how to prune the vines, nurture the soil, and coax them onto the trellis. Then Peter and Rebecca learned how to farm the land and prepare for the first harvest.

The vineyard itself is located on an 82-acre site. Ideally situated in an east-west, Santa Rita Hills valley, that opens to the Pacific Ocean. With the cool morning mists and evening breezes perfect for their Pinot Noir. The vineyard has recently expanded another 25 acres and now includes small amounts of Grenache and Pinot Gris.

In 2004, Peter and Rebecca introduced the first wines from their established winery,.   Ampelos Cellars. “Ampelos is Greek for “vine” and was chosen for the winery because they believe that “all great wines start in the vineyard. The Greek connection is also seen in the wine portfolio at Ampelos Cellars, with each wine named after a letter from the Greek alphabet (rho, lambda, epsilon, etc.). Each letter has its own unique meaning and connection to the wine it has been associated with.”

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Ampelos Cellars is also became the first vineyard in Santa Barbara County, and one of the first in the country, to be certified sustainable, organic, and biodynamic. With a dedicated focus on the environment and on vineyard management, the result has been a very high quality fruit that is among the best in the region.

 

The Winemakers

Peter & Rebecca

 

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“Peter and Rebecca Work share the duties of ‘winemaker’ at Ampelos Cellars and believe that experimentation with new and old winemaking methods will lead to continual improvement in the cellar with complex and intriguing wines.” Their beliefs seem to be paying off, “because their wines are topping the charts and continue to bring in 90+ ratings from major competitions and top periodicals.”

The winery currently produces nine different wines, with two thirds of the grapes coming from their own estate and the remainder from some of their favorite vineyard sites in the region. 

“The Works agree that one of the best things about being winemakers is their opportunity to meet and share their love for wine with others. Their passion and enthusiasm is truly contagious, and is a testament to their genuine spirit.”

 

Gold Medal Wines

Proud To Be An Affiliate

 

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www.goldmdalwineclub.com

 

 

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