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Sustainable Family Farming

Journey through history and learn about our 7-generation family, our 135+ year hertiage, and our grateful legacy

-This Tour Offers-

  • Family member as a guide and instructor: Meet the Team!
  • Personal conversation about our family's history, questions invited
  • An intricate weaving of the contributions of each generation and how it impacts today

-General Timeline-

  • 1860s Family moves from Germany to Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1884 Ernst Brothers settle Paso Robles area: Geneseo, California
  • 1921 Frank and Rosetta Ernst purchase current property
  • 1956 B-26 military bomber crashes into field next to house
  • 1982 Howie Steinbeck establishes Steinbeck Vineyard
  • 1997 Cindy moves home to farm with Howie & Bev
  • 2005 Howie's grandson Ryan and wife Caitlin Newkirk join our vineyard team full-time
  • 2006 Howie & Cindy Steinbeck Establish Steinbeck Wine Brand
  • 2009 Tasting room built 
  • 2017 Estate processing facility built
  • 2018 Cindy's daughter and son-in-law Stacy and Bryan Widstrand join the winery team
2-5 guests will travel through the vineyard in our 1958 Jeep Willy
6-15 guests will ride in a 1969 Marine transport