Wine fanatic Mike Sinor started his career on the Central Coast more than 20 years ago in a harvest position for Robert Mondavi–owned Byron Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. Since then, this self-made winemaker with no formal winemaking education has worked his way up from “cellar rat” through grit, determination, and a sheer love of wine. Sinor went on to become assistant winemaker at Byron and took two winery-sponsored trips to France, further expanding his winemaking horizons.
Sinor left Byron Winery after the 2000 harvest to become the winemaker at Domaine Alfred in the Edna Valley, where he made some of the most acclaimed wines on the Central Coast. Now at Ancient Peaks Winery, Sinor directs the quality and style of the wines, as well as overseeing the viticultural practices at the winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard.