The Golden Vine
Ampelos Cellars
Ampelos Cellars
312 North Ninth Street Suite A
Lompoc, CA 93436
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    11:00 am-4:00 pm
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    11:00 am-5:00 pm
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    11:00 am-5:00 pm
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    11:00 am-5:00 pm
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    11:00 am-5:00 pm
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Located in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, Ampelos Cellars proudly boasts the cheapest wine club membership. Ampelos is the Greek word for "vine," and reflects the owner's ties to Greece. Peter and Rebecca Work own a bed and breakfast by the same name on the island of Folegandros. We always arrive unannounced and were not allowed pictures in this location. The tasting room did have leather couches in addition to seating at the bar. During our visit one of the patrons was allowed to set up a play pin for her three young children. This winery has the most flexible child policy in Lompoc.
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  • Wine Maker
    Wine Maker
    Peter Work
  • PetsDog Friendly
  • Indoor SeatingIndoor Seating: 25
  • 2015 Cinsault
    The primary aromas and flavors are candied red fruits, rose petals, rhubarb, white pepper and damp earth. It tastes just like a typical, lusty, rustic red from the Southern Rhône Valley. It is rich, yet easy drinking with soft tannins and a medium long finish. Drink this over the next 3-4 years for optimum enjoyment.
  • 2014 E11EVEN Cabernet Franc
    This wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc with aromas & flavors that are fruity and savory at the same time. We were able to pick this variety at optimum ripeness, towards the end of the vintage to reveal tart cherry and huckleberry mixed with toasty oak and pencil shavings. The silky tannins and long finish make this serious wine fun to drink.
  • 2014 E11EVEN Cabernet Sauvignon
    Our Cabernet is bold and dark, with ripe fruit-forward qualities and smooth tannins. It definitely hits all the pleasure centers and is immensely fun to drink now. This beauty will, however, hold in the bottle for at least a decade to come, slowly opening up and improving over the years.
  • 2014 E11EVEN Chardonnay
    Apple, pear and tropical flavors are braced up by subtle toasty notes, with a finish that never quits.
  • 2014 E11EVEN Petit Verdot
    Some exotic spices join in on the fun...cardamom, star anise, violets, sage & cinnamon notes add complexity to the dark red and black fruits. This was one of the most sought after releases from the prior vintage, so we bottled up a bit more this time around from the fantastic 2014 vintage.
  • 2014 E11EVEN Petite Sirah
    The wine is truly impossibly dark, the color of a moonless night. Despite the darkness, the wine is also very well balanced and nuanced. Additionally, the wine has benefited from the extra year in bottle prior to release. Though the wine might taste ready to enjoy tonight, it will continue to benefit from several more years in the bottle.
  • 2014 E11EVEN Pinot Noir
  • 2014 E11EVEN Pinot Noir
    Yes, this wine is rich and powerful, but in a nearly transparent way. Red fruits and forest floor mingle with toasty oak from the indulgent French oak aging, and the finish never quits. I hope that you adore this special bottle of Pinot Noir as much as I enjoyed crafting it for you.
  • E11EVEN Sonorous
    Aromas of toasty brioche, citrus, and tropical notes, with a balanced, yet bracing, natural acidity and a very fine mousse.
  • 2016 E11EVEN Unplugged
    Nothing was added nor taken away from the classic Sauvignon aromas and flavors of citrus, with a touch of grassy green notes. The finish is long and fresh with a wonderful balanced natural acidity
  • 2014 Enchante
    The French say “Enchanté” when they greet each other. We have named our Estate-Grown, signature white blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne after this expression. These two varieties are truly yin and yang. Roussanne is rich and unctuous, while Grenache Blanc is bright and racy. The two complement each other perfectly!
  • 2014 Espérance
    All of the extra work yields a rich, concentrated wine with aromas and flavors of ultra-ripe strawberries, black cherries, and blueberries, mixed in with the spiciness of cinnamon and vanilla from the toasty new French Oak.
  • 2016 Espérance Rosé
    Yes, there are plenty of fruity notes, but this is definitely not a kool-aid Rosé of yesteryear from California. Rather, it is very much in the moment. Dry, light, very refreshing. This should be your go to wine this summer!
  • 2014 Grenache
    We were extremely restrictive of yield to ensure that we could ripen, harvest, ferment, age, and bottle a rich, dark, fruity-yet-spicy Grenache. This is certainly a fun drinking wine!
  • 2012 Grenache - Delta
  • 2015 Grenache Blanc
    The wine is stunningly aromatic with peach, melon, and white flowers. The palate is rich and the finish is long, only interrupted by some balanced acidity. Enjoy over the next 2 years.
  • 2014 Mourvèdre
    This clone tends to ripen a bit earlier, with smaller berries. This helps us tremendously in our quest to produce a rich, dark, fruity & earthy & floral & spicy Mourvèdre. We chose to age this beauty in a mix of new and neutral French Oak barrels for 18 months to further help tame some of the wilder characteristics of the grape. The results speak for themselves in the stunningly drinkable wine. You can put this one down for a bit, but why, when it is so drinkable right now?
  • 2013 Pinot Noir - Lambda
  • 2012 Pinot Noir - Rho (barrel select)
  • 2014 Roasted Slope
  • 2016 Rosé
  • 2014 Syrah
    It is a really classy Syrah...built more on a foundation of ageworthy tannins and balanced acidity than in-your-face fruit.
  • 2014 Syrah
    This Syrah strikes the near perfect balance of fruity and savory; black cherry and forest floor, with rich tannins that hint towards a long life in the bottle.
  • 2014 Syrah
  • 2015 Syrah
    This yields an impossibly dark garnet (nearly black) color, with neon tinges at the rim, pointing at the cool climate origins. Right now, the wine has notes of ripe cherry, pepper, flowers, charred bacon, tar, and just a hint of toasty oak. The ideal drinking window for this Syrah is 4 - 12 years from today.
  • 2012 Syrah - Gamma
  • 2014 Syrah Tous les Jours
    It is a decidedly flashy, extroverted Syrah loaded with blue and black fruits, licorice and tar, all of which come together in a fat, forward style. Smoke, tar and French oak linger on the finish.
  • 2013 Syrah/Grenache Blend - Syrache
  • 2016 Viognier
  • 2016 Viognier
    The 2016 has all of the hallmark qualities of our Gravel Pit Vineyard Viognier...light, delicate, floral, honeyed, citrus...a stunning dry white wine.