Ancient Peaks Winery has a new winemaker

jrobillard@thetribunenews.comAugust 28, 2013 

Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita has promoted Stewart Cameron to winemaker.

The 31-year-old San Luis Obispo resident, who previously was assistant winemaker, will work closely with award-winning winemaker Mike Sinor, who remains director of winemaking.

“One of the reasons we’re excited to have Stewart as our winemaker is that he has been with us since day one and has helped us forge the style and vision of Ancient Peaks wines,” said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, the winery’s vice president of sales and marketing. “He brings a creative energy that will no doubt enhance that style and vision going forward.”

Cameron, who is originally from Porterville, joined Ancient Peaks Winery in 2006 after studying cellular and molecular biology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. In the past year, he has traveled abroad to hone his knowledge of the winegrowing practices of the Rhône Valley in France and the Barolo zone in northern Italy.

“The time has come to recognize his talents and responsibilities with the title of winemaker,” said Sinor, who also owns Sinor-LaVallee Wine Co. and Bassi Vineyard in Avila Valley.

Cameron’s beagle Duke also plays an important role at Ancient Peaks: The pup is the official winery dog.

Ancient Peaks’ grapes in the Santa Lucia Mountains make up the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles viticultural area. The winery, which was founded in 2005, is owned by Doug Filipponi, a Paso Robles native, Karl Wittstrom, who also sits on the California Mid-State Fair board of directors, and Rob Rossi, a well-known county businessman and real estate investor.

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