Ancient Oak Cellars to Open First Tasting Room in Santa Rosa, CA Business District; Wave of Niche Winery Tasting Rooms Satisfying New Demand in Industry

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Ancient Oak Cellars opening first tasting room in Santa Rosa, CA business district.

“We love the feeling and energy of downtown Santa Rosa and see this as an opportunity to bring a wide group of new visitors into the area–to share not only our wine but also the wonderful local restaurants and small shops that form the heart of downtown."

Ancient Oak Cellars, award-winning producer of wines from family-owned and -farmed vineyards in Sonoma County, is opening its first tasting room after years of customer requests. Located in the newly remodeled landmark Corrick’s, emporium of fine gifts, art, and stationery, the venture will be the first of its kind in downtown Santa Rosa.

Emphasizing the connection between art and wine, the project was made possible by a forward-thinking re-write of the local zoning code by the City of Santa Rosa, reducing regulatory barriers to winery and tasting room use. The California Visitor’s Center and Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce report that they expect 52,000 visitors this year. More than 24,000 of those inquiries specifically ask for tasting rooms in the city of Santa Rosa.

Ancient Oak Cellars owners, Melissa and Ken Moholt-Siebert say, “We love the feeling and energy of downtown and see this as an opportunity to bring a wide group of new visitors into the area – to share not only our wine but also the wonderful local restaurants and small shops that form the heart of downtown. That’s so exciting for us.”

The public is welcome to the Grand Opening Weekend celebration of live music, raffle drawings, and 2-for-1 tastings of Ancient Oak Cellars' award-winning Chardonnay, estate Siebert Ranch Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Saturday & Sunday October 27th & 28th – 11:00am to 5:00pm – located at 637 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA. Tasting room hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm, seven days a week, through the end of the year. Additional seasonal events and celebrations are planned. Tasting fee is $10.00, waived with wine purchase. Parking is validated in all city garages.

About Ancient Oak Cellars:

Melissa and Ken Moholt-Siebert started Ancient Oak Cellars in 2006 with just a couple hundred cases of Pinot Noir, from grapes planted by Ken's grandfather, Henry Siebert. The winery now produces about 8000 cases. Their 2010 Russian River Valley Pagnano Vineyard Zinfandel received a 91-point ranking from Wine Spectator’s Tim Fish. Ken and Melissa say this is a magical time for their winery's new releases, notably the 2009 Siebert Ranch Pinot, made from their family estate vineyard.  Winemaker Kent Barthman adds, “Right now represents us hitting our stride, and this year we're taking the winery to the next level, especially with our expanding Cabernet program.”

The Moholt-Sieberts named the winery after the large valley oak in the center of their home vineyard, which has seen vines planted, torn out during Prohibition, and planted again.  Their vineyards, in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Mountain, and Alexander Valley areas of Sonoma County, are personally farmed by the Moholt-Sieberts along with the families that live on them.  Steeped in a philosophy of a deep relationship and love for the land, Melissa says sustainable farming is a primary concern and, “it's what you do when you live on and work the land in trust for your children and grandchildren.” 

For more information or to schedule a media tour, please visit or call 707-836-3099.

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