Since 1875 the Sinton (once Sinsheimer) family has been ranching the rolling, oak filled hills and cultivating the valleys of San Luis Obispo County. In 1972, nearly 75 years after acquiring the 5000+ acre Canyon Ranch, we planted our first grape vines and formally started Shell Creek Vineyards. The name of the vineyard comes from a seasonal creek that runs through the property, carrying small pieces of fossilized shells that are found farther upstream on the ranch.
James and Norma Sinton built their home on the Canyon Ranch in 1940 and were joined by their son, Steve and his wife Jane in 1978. Jane and Steve have actively overseen the 125-acre vineyard for over 30 years and have built Shell Creek Vineyards into a highly respected and sustainably managed vineyard. The vineyard consists of Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Valdiguie, Cabernet, and our signature varietal Petite Sirah. They also produce a small lot of Old Vine Petite Sirah wine under the Shell Creek Vineyards Wine label. Steve and Jane’s son, Daniel, and his wife, Megan, moved to the ranch in 2013 to carry on the family tradition.Return to Producers Listing »