Pinnacle Vineyards: Our History

Welcome to Pinnacle Vineyards, located in Paicines, CA. 

Grape growing in the Paicines region has a rich history, going back at least to the late 1800s, when many small local vineyards were farmed there. The property that is today Pinnacle Vineyards, operated under different ownerships until, in 1940, it was purchased by Almaden Winery. 

Ron Donati purchased the property in the late 1990s, to reclaim it as a source for high-end grapes, and replanted most of the vineyard in the early 2000s. Donati began producing Paicines AVA-designated wines from the vineyard in 2005 under the Donati Family Vineyards label.

In 2011, 440 acres, of which 328 were planted, were purchased by Doug Circle and John Wagner from the Donati Family, to establish what is now Pinnacle Vineyards.

Doug Circle, a long time strawberry and wine grape farmer, manages Pinnacle Vineyards alongside the experienced hand of Mesa Vineyard Management. They work together on a daily basis to ensure the highest quality ultra-premium wine grapes.