Santa Barbara County region
Michael’s philosophy at Zinke Wines is simple: his passion stems from the vine itself, the earth it comes from, and the fruit it produces.
Founded in 2012 by Oklahoma native Michael Zinke, Zinke Wines is an ultra-boutique winery nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County on California’s Central Coast. Michael specializes in handcrafted, single vineyard Rhône varietal wines sourced from several of the top ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards of California’s Central Coast, including the Thompson Vineyard, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Kimsey Vineyard, and John Sebastiano Vineyard, among others. It is Michael’s goal to craft unapologetic, site-specific wines that represent the land they come from, and he hopes you have as much fun enjoying his wines as he does making them.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Michael Zinke grew up fly fishing, camping, and working on his family’s cattle ranch in Osage County. It was there that he developed his love affair with the land, its bounty, and working with his hands. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Michael moved to Santa Ynez, California to pursue his passion for winemaking. He was inspired by the incredible terroir of Santa Barbara County and founded Zinke Wines in 2012. Michael’s philosophy at Zinke Wines is simple: his passion stems from the vine itself, the earth it comes from, and the fruit it produces. He feels extremely lucky to be able to work with some of the very best vineyards on the Central Coast, which are all a stone’s throw from his home in Santa Ynez, and it is his mission to represent these special sites with authentic, terroir-driven wines.
When it comes to Michael’s winemaking style, he keeps it as simple and straightforward as possible. He picks his fruit at optimal ripeness and hands sorts the berries to pick the best clusters for his wines. He does not use any additives, allowing the vineyards to completely speak for themselves. He also does small-lot, whole cluster fermentations and finds the proper balance of oak and aging time to bring out the best that the fruit has to offer. This guy is all about passion, love, authenticity, and the pursuit of the impossible - perfection - and it’s no wonder his wines are so impressive.
Zinke Wines also operates a small tasting room that’s located in the heart of downtown Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here, visitors are able to taste through the extremely limited production Zinke Wines, and also partake in the lawn games and live music which is offered weekly at the lively and hospitable facility.
We are proud to share one of Zinke Wines’ most popular releases to our Garagiste Wine Club members. Enjoy!