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We make unapologetic, site-specific wines that represent the land they come from. But at the end of the day, wine is best shared over a good meal with those you love. We just want you to have as much fun enjoying our wines as we do making them.

When it comes to wine, I’m more interested in the source than simply the end of the line. My passion for wine stems from the vine itself, the earth it comes from, and the fruit it produces. I’m lucky to be able to work with the Grand Crus of California’s Central Coast, all within a stone’s throw of my home in Santa Ynez. I pick at optimal ripeness and hand sort the fruit. I don’t muddy up the fruit with additives, colorings, or general bullshit. Small lot, whole cluster fermentation, co-ferments, and finding the proper balance of oak and time are part of the formula. The other part? Passion, love, authenticity, and the pursuit of the impossible—perfection.

Michael Zinke
Michael Zinke

Michael Zinke

The Vineyards

We work with some of most esteemed vineyards along the Central Coast. These vineyards utilize the strictest viticulture practices, are manned by the best crews, and are ideal sites growing the varietals that we source from them.

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Our Team

Michael Zinke

Michael Zinke

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Owner and Winemaker Michael Zinke grew up with a deep connection to the land and its bounty. Whether it be fly fishing western trout streams with his Dad, working in the kitchen with his Mom, or working cattle in Osage County, understanding how to be a steward of the land has always been a deeply engrained value. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Michael moved to Santa Ynez Valley to apply those values towards his passion of winemaking. Michael founded Zinke Wine Co. in 2012 with the goal of producing world class, hand crafted Rhone Varietal Wines from the Central Coast. Michael currently lives in Santa Ynez with his wife Jacqueline and their daughter Mary Jane.

Elena Altamirano

Elena Altamirano

Hospitality Manager

A Santa Ynez native, Elena runs our tasting room from top to bottom and is the smile that greets you when you walk through our doors. She knows our wines inside and out and makes every visit to the tasting room a memorable one. She currently has zero negative Yelp reviews, has never seen a single episode of Seinfeld, and her favorite wines are the 2019 Rosé and the 2016 Jack McGinley Syrah.

Jenae Unruh

Jenae Unruh

General Manager

Jenae caught the wine bug while attending college in Santa Barbara and dove head first into the industry. Unfortunately, she got sidetracked and fell into "boring, no fun sales." Now she is back to wine and happy to be working with the Zinke crew. Real people and real wine are two of the things she values most (some might say, bullshit free). Jenae grew up in California but she spent some formative years living in both Chicago and Boston which has left her with a weird mishmash of accents. She can like totally pahk the cah in time to catch da bears. Jenae can drink the Zinke 2019 Rose all day everyday and loves the 2016 Kimsey Vineyard Syrah.

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