Bianchi Winery

Cowboys Make Better Wines

Karl Wittstrom

Karl Wittstrom

Ancient Peaks Winery - Owner

Karl Wittstrom – that’s him on horseback ‑ was born into a ranching family in the Paso Robles region of California. These days he’s co-owner and operations manager at Margarita Vineyard and Ancient Peaks Winery. He’s also the owner of a 37-acre vineyard in Paso Robles. Karl is a former director of the California Mid State Fair in Paso Robles, a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association, a member of the California Farm Bureau and a past director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. A strong believer in sustainability, Karl has championed techniques like deficit irrigation, natural cover crops, wildlife corridors, rotational groundwater usage and the use of compost tea in place of synthetic fertilizers at both properties. Karl confirms our theory that cowboys make better wines.

“I grew up watching Gene Autry and John Wayne. All I ever really wanted to be was a cowboy.”