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Amphora Winery

Updated: Jan 12



  • Have you ever been to a wine collective?

  • A group of wineries with their tasting rooms collectively in the same area.

  • It’s actually a BRILLIANT concept that benefits the wine taster.

  • Instead of having to drive all around wine country, you go to Timber Crest Farms Wine Collective and spend the day popping between several tasting rooms: Amphora, Kokomo Winery, Papapietro Perry Winery, and Peterson Winery.

  • In this post I focus on Amphora.

  • Now, be warned…

  • Don’t expect fancy-shmancy, roll-out the red wine tasting carpet, chandeliers, and epic vineyard views.

  • The Wine Collective is kinda like going to wine warehouses but cozier and personable.

  • Amphora has a barrel room which makes you feel like you’re hanging with the wine.



  • $10 per person waived with wine purchase.

  • Wines range from $30 to $58 per bottle.

Appointment Needed? 

  • Walk-ins ok.

  • Open daily, 11:00am-4:30pm

Wine Pick

  • Both my friend and I really liked the 2015 Grenache.

  • There are a range of wines to try here: Zin, Petite Sirah, Mourvédre, Aglianico, Tempranillo.

Dog Approved

  • Yes!

  • The owners have an adorable lab named Rickie.


Social Media Worthy

  • Being a warehouse type one collective you wouldn’t think there would be many photo ops.

  • Wrong.

  • Taking photos inside by the barrels is cool.

  • I also really like the photo below.

  • Amphora is named after Amphorae of clay jars that were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to store/transport wine and olive oil.

  • At the entrance to the tasting room sit two statuesque amphora’s that look so statuesque and european in photos.


Feel Good Vibes

  • Name some hobbies a winemaker might have?

  • What first comes to mind might be cooking.

  • Well, Rick Hutchinson, owner/winemaker/president of Amphora has a fascinating hobby you might not be able to guess.

  • Pottery Making!

  • Years ago he stumbled into a pottery making class and realized he had talent behind a potter’s wheel.

  • This was before he owned Amphora and had been working in the Sonoma County wine industry since he was 20.

  • While in the pottery class, he made several Amphorae clay jugs like the one you see below.

  • When he started his own winery in 1997 his Amphorae became the symbol.

  • A few things I’ve learned about wineries


1) Never judge a winery by it’s cover.  Sometimes the wineries with the best stories and passion, and grit are the ones off the beaten path. 

2) Wineries are a lot like Goodwill.  You go int o Goodwill and you have to HUNT.  You have to look carefully to find a unique treasure you are looking for.  Same with wineries.  Thank goodness I asked the gal doing my tasting several questions.  I was so fascinated to learn about the pottery making winemaker!  

I can’t wait to share this wine with friends and tell them about the amphora significance. 


Wine Nerd Facts

  • Ruins from wine cellars 6,000 years ago show that amphoras were used to make wine.