Ancient Peaks’ Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins Ep. 11

Courtesy of Ancient Peaks Winery

We are thrilled to have a real life cover girl on our show! Meet Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, a total dynamo in the wine world. Her title at Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita, Calif., which is just south of Paso Robles, is VP of Operations, but she does so much more. Amanda is a tireless promoter of her winery and the Santa Margarita and Paso Robles wine regions. She’s also a rancher, mom and she has a talent for wrangling people together for a good cause.

This fall, Wine Enthusiast selected Amanda for their cover of the 40 Under 40 issue, and we think it is awesome!

The Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 list recognizes the young winemakers, brewers, beverage directors, grape growers, and other movers and shakers who are changing today’s beverage industry.

Amanda was a tour de force behind launching Wine Speak Paso Robles in 2018, and industry event bringing together top winemakers, sommeliers, journalists and hospitality professionals for several days of intensive, deep dives into specific varietals, wine styles, and hospitality issues in wine.

Co-founders Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya and Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins at the first Wine Speak Paso Robles in 2018

Perhaps most dear to Amanda’s heart is Dream Big Darling, a charitable, non-profit that brings wine industry leaders and up and coming newcomers together to share, learn, give back and pay it forward. Dreaming big is encouraged!

Sip, Sip, Hooray! co-host Mary Babbitt leads a round of sip, sip, hooray! cheers at the Ancient Peaks tasting room

Visit the Ancient Peaks Winery tasting room at 22720 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita

While you are in the area, check out the zipline at the Santa Margarita Ranch, where you can soar over grapevines, with Margarita Adventures.