Pegasus Estate Winery
Santa Ynez Valley AVA
Two equestrian loving individuals in pursuit of crafting fine Bordeaux-inspired wines
Pegasus Estate Winery was founded by Michael and Peggy Crowley in 2006 in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. The winery shares its property with the Crowley’s boutique equestrian center complete with its prize-winning thoroughbred race horses. The elaborate estate is the culmination of Michael and Peggy’s dreams, all achieved through years of persistence and determination.
Michael Crowley was raised in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up among the greatest horse racing athletes in the country. It is no surprise he developed a passion for these majestic animals at an early age, but he also knew he wanted to venture out of ‘horse country’ to experience what the world had to offer. After graduating from college, Michael pursued a career in pharmaceutical sales and had the opportunity to live all over the world, including stops in Helsinki, the United Kingdom, Israel, and France. It was in France that Michael discovered his second great passion in life - wine. He spent a fair amount of time in Bordeaux, visiting the great wine estates, training his palate, and learning the concept of “terroir.” He was enthralled with both the viticulture and winemaking, and hoped one day he could make a great wine of his own.
After many years of traveling abroad, Michael moved back to the United States and settled on the coast of California. Here, he met Peggy, who grew up near the Santa Anita race track and shared Michael’s passion for horses and premium wine. They formed a biotech company together (based on their past experiences in sales and pharmaceuticals), but wine and horses always captivated their hearts and they continued to chase these dreams with many trips to the Central Coast, Napa, and France.
After searching for just the right piece of land in the Santa Ynez Valley, Michael and Peggy’s plans to develop an elaborate equestrian center and a premium family winery finally came about and Pegasus Estate Winery was born. The land was similar to the famed wine growing regions in Bordeaux, and here the Crowleys planted a small vineyard exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon. With winemaking assistance from the legendary Ken Brown (recognized as one of Santa Barbara’s pioneer winemakers and innovators), they crafted their first award-winning vintage in 2010. This up and coming winery is off to a remarkable start and we are proud to present their second release to our Garagiste Series members. Cheers!
Ken Brown - Winemaker
A third generation California native, Ken enrolled in a graduate enology program in 1974 and led a research program at Cal State Fresno in the school vineyard and winery. After graduation, Ken accepted an offer to become Zaca Mesa Winery’s first winemaker in 1977. His wines were highly acclaimed and he was one of a handful of winemakers to catapult Santa Barbara County into an established appellation.
Lured by the appeal of making great regional wines Ken founded Byron Vineyard & Winery in 1984 in the Santa Maria Valley of northern Santa Barbara County. Byron Winery enjoyed early success and gained national recognition for their wines, including highly sought after award winning Cabernet Sauvignon as well as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Ken sold Byron Winery to the Robert Mondavi family in 1990. Over the next decade, Ken and the Mondavis embarked on an extensive experimental vineyard program featuring various rootstocks, clones and planting densities and built a state-of-the art winery in 1996.